You can never get enough of him.
Almost every day he goes out there, he’s going to go deep into the game and shut down the offense. Who doesn’t love this guy?
He’s so consistently dominating, with his location and his movement, it just seems like nobody knows what they’re doing up there against him. They just look embarrassing up there. If it’s the greatest hitter on the planet, Moose just goes,
“…uh-huh. Okay, that’s nice.”
And then sets him down on three pitches. Seriously, a 2.63 ERA and 9 WALKS in his last 65 innings? Who would’ve thunk it?
Mike Mussina has completely reinvented himself on the mound, with a slow fastball with great movement instead of the somewhat faster heater with little movement of last year. Mussina isn’t the moose; he’s THE MAN!
Check out the full blog after the game, we’ve got Who’s Next, game analysis and everyone’s favorite segment, the ingenious Bold Statement of the Day! ‘Till then I’ll just be indulging in the delicious Cold Stone Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some ice cream.
Life is beautiful..
Stay positive, Yankee fans!
-EJ/Kid From New York
Mussina’s Great Performance Carries Bombers; 8-2 Yanks
Hey guys, first blog post in a while, and it comes off of a great game. The Yankees bombed the Angels today, 8-2, and they’ll make an attempt to tie up the series tomorrow. Mike Mussina gave up 2 hits in 7 innings and dominated a very tough Angels lineup. After two awful games for the Yankees against the Angels to start the series, the Yankees beat up on Jered Weaver and the Angels pitching with 4 homers. It was a great day. The real blog post is coming later at 10:35, and tomorrow I’ll be hosting the final game against LA, be sure not to miss that, guys. See you in a bit!
-EJ/Kid From New York
Yanks Take Another One, Make it 6 Straight
You’re welcome, White Sox.
Thanks to the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox now have a 2.5 game lead over the Twins. The Yankees swept the Twins in their trip to first place in the AL East.
The Twins were downright outplayed by the Yankees in this 3-game set. The rotation and the bullpen shut them down like most other teams, except this time, the offense exploded. The Yanks got a comfortable, big ol’ lead in all three games, something we haven’t seen them do in a while. This has to be exciting for tons of Yankee fans.
The Yankees’ pitching has been fantastic. From the rotation to the bullpen, pretty much every single guy has come in and become a dependable reliever. From David Robertson to Kyle Farnsworth, this bullpen has to be considered one of the best in baseball, no matter what you think. But we’ll talk about the bullpen and the possible addition of lefty Brian Fuentes later in this post. Right now, let’s talk more about the starting rotation and one of it’s keys. That’s right, I’m talking about today’s starting pitcher and winning pitcher, Mike “The Moose” Mussina.
A Cy Young for Moose?
If we were talking about this last year, of course you would’ve laughed and pressed the “X” in the top right corner. But now, Mike Mussina is 13-6 with a lower-3s ERA, and it’s getting to a point where he’s in contention for the Cy Young Award. He’s 6 and 2 with a 2.32 ERA, and he’s only walked 7 in 66 innings in his last 10 starts. He’s only walked 16 in 121.1 innings. In other words, he’s had his control for every start. He hasn’t walked anybody in his last start. If Josh Hamilton weren’t having the year he’s having, Mussina’d be Comeback Player of the Year. Plus, if Cliff Lee weren’t having the year he’s having, Mussina’d have the Cy Young Award. He’s just having a magical year.
I don’t see why people think that he’s not going to keep this up. He’ll have 1 or 2 bad starts, but if you’ve seen the way he’s pitched, he’s going to be like this all the way. He’s gone this far, so he will be able to keep this up.
Fuentes to the Yankees? Now?
A week ago or so, I talked about the possibility of Brian Fuentes coming to the Yankees, which has been rumored about. Fuentes is on the trading block, with a lot of teams showing interest. Now, however, with the bullpen pitching great for a long period of time, the Yankees do not really need relievers. Robertson, Ramirez, Veras and Farnsworth have been switching between set up spots with Mo, of course, to close it out in the ninth. Lefty hitters haven’t been a big problem to the Yankees like people think. Ramirez has been able to shut down lefty batters with his great changeup. If you add the fact that the Rockies want a lot for Fuentes, I really do not think that Fuentes should nor will head over to the New York Yankees this season.
Okay! So last night, for my Bold Statement of the Day(today’s Bold Statement coming up in the Final Thoughts section as always), I said something interesting. I predicted that by the end of this month, the Yankees would be in first place; whether that would be the Wild Card or the AL East. I got my share of doubt on that. So now, here is my explanation for my thoughts last night.
First of all, the Yankees are rollin’ and the Rays are struggling to hold on. It seems like whenever Boston or New York tries to take the lead, the Rays get a big win to hold them off another day. But I don’t know of the Rays can keep this up. I believe they’ve won 4 of their last 11. They’re a good team, sure, but they aren’t playoff potential yet. I think as time goes on, the Rays will slowly wear down and eventually head to third place. They’ve already started. I think at the end of this month you’ll see exactly what happened at the end of last season. The Rays would get out of first place down to third, and the Yankees will take the Wild Card lead. I’m that confident. Why?
Because we’ve got pitching: we’ve got Pettitte and Mussina, two veterans leading the rotation and dominating. We’ve got Chamberlain blowing fastballs by hitters and fooling them with nasty sliders and curves. We’ve got Rasner, locating with a good cutter and curveball and mixing all of his pitches. We’ve got Ponson, getting out of jams with double plays induced by a heavy sinker. We’ve got a bullpen. We’ve got Robertson, sneaking well-located cutters by hitters and fooling them with solid curveballs. We’ve got Ramirez, locating with a decent fastball and then completely dominating with a circle-change. We’ve got Veras, blowing high-90s fastballs by hitters and throwing them off with slow slurves. We’ve got Farnsworth, overpowering guys with a near-100 mph fastball and a downright nasty slide-piece. And we’ve got Mo, with a fantastic, spectacular cut fastball, a filthy 2-seamer, and an excellent 4-seamer to just blow away hitters, not to mention his outstanding command.
We’ve got hitting. With A-Rod bombing homers and stealing bases, Jeter coming up with clutch hits, Abreu smashing doubles and homers and stealing bags. We’ve got Cano who’ll hit anything you throw at him, whether it’s at his shoulders or his shoes(like Guerrero, no?). We’ve got Giambi, smashing balls out of the park and off the wall. We’ve got Damon, grinding pitchers, spoiling pitchers and always getting on base, usually with base knocks, and getting himself into scoring position with steals. Don’t even think I’m exaggerating.
If you couple this up with a good defense and a great manager, along with the fuel to win it all in Yankee Stadium’s last year, we are one of the best teams in the game. I don’t care what you say. This is no fluke. These are the REAL Yankees (as Vanessa puts it), and the REAL Yankees are always a dangerous opponent.
Alright, guys, this is the last section of the blog, as you all know. I started a new thing a couple of days ago, called the Bold Statement of the Day. If you’re a first time reader, what I do here is I make a statement that is arguable and quite bold, You can leave your comments as always, I love comments. Leave your thoughts, and if you want me to do a certain topic in my next post, feel free to tell me and I’ll try to do it. So here it is, my Bold Statement of the Day.
Joba Chamberlain will have a spectacular start against the Red Sox.
And another juicy bold one. I’ve really said big things so far. Tonight I say that Joba will have a fantastic pitching performance against the Sox, which is arguable because of the Red Sox’s fearsome offense, but I’ve got a lot of guts and “hutzpah” as Jeff from Red State Blue State says. For this Bold Statement, I won’t have to explain myself. We’ll just have to watch that Red Sox game and see if I’m right or not.
Seattle looking for a walk-off win in the bottom of the 9th against the Sox, cross your fingers, guys!
Stay positive, you good ol’ Yankees Fans!
-EJ/Kid From New York
P.S.: I’d like you to read this really great, touching story I just read. It’s really moving, and I think if you’ve got a heart, you should read it, because it’s really an awesome story. Here’s the link.
Stay positive, Yanks fans!
Guess Who’s Back? The Offense is Back!
Yessiree, the Yankees’ offense returned yesterday, in part because of new acquisition Richie Sexson. Sexson came up in his first at-bat as a Yankee and laced an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 1. But Sexson certainly was not the main component of the Yankees offense last night, and nobody expected him to be the main component. Last night, at least, the redhot Robinson Cano had the big blow, going 2-for-4 with a big 3-run-homer to right-center.
If last night’s game was a real indicator that the Yankees’ bats are back, then there’s plenty to be happy about in Yankeeland right now.
But the pitching was excellent, as usual. In the past few weeks the Yankees’ pitching staff has been on top of their game, particularly the bullpen. Mike Mussina was great like he has been all year, going six one-run innings to get the win. The bullpen was dominating as well, we saw Robertson, Ramirez and Hawkins shutting down the offense. While the offense has been inconsistent, the Yankees’ pitching staff as really picked up the pace.
The Moose is Back!
You know it, I know it, everybody knows it. Mike Mussina has answered the critics who thought he was done. Last year, Mussina was pretty much awful, going 11-10 with an ERA in the 5s. People just lost their trust in him. He had a great 2006 campaign, but he just lost the trust of the fans and the critics by, plain and simple, being awful. If Mussina wanted to regain the trust, the passion of the fans, he would have to pull off some miracle. Well, Mussina pulled off that miracle.
Mussina added a lot of two-seam movement to his fastball, first of all. He found some great command of his two-seam fastball, and he’s been able to work the corners. Mussina also changed his pitching style; before, he set up his knuckle-curve or changeup with 4-seam fastballs; now, he’s setting up his new 2-seam fastballs and cutters with his signature knuckle-curve and his new, slower change-up. He occasionally throws 4-seamers and sliders to throw off hitters, but he’s stuck to his new style; curveball, strike-one; curveball/changeup/fastball, strike-two; 2-seamer/changeup, strike-three. He’s consistently gotten ahead of the counts with strike 1. He’s been economic with his pitches. He hasn’t struck everyone out, but he’s been domininant.
Mussina came into spring training in dominating shape. He set down the hitters in spring training… but I bet you still didn’t trust Mussina, even with that great spring. He got off to a very rocky start, with 2 bad starts against the rival Boston Red Sox. But ever since then, Mussina’s been really good, with only 1 bad start which was caused by an error by Derek Jeter. Mike Mussina, a guy who became untrustable and hated in the Yankees rotation in 2007, became perhaps the most reliable pitcher in the Yankees rotation in 2008.
Well, let’s hope the offense really is back, because we need to hit to make a playoff run. The Yankees are 5.0 games back out of the Wild Card and 5.5 out of the AL East, both are certainly reachable. If we can get our offense going and keep this solid pitching, we’ll take over the Wild Card. Stay positive, Yankee fans!
-EJ/Kid From New York
I See Your Two Losses and Raise You a Thrilling Win
Optimism. It’s a big word, and not just because it has 9 letters. It’s also a meaningful word. It’s a particularly meaningful word in the hearts of sports fans.
I’ll get to fans and optimism later. But first things first;
The last 3 games have been exciting. They’ve been quite thrilling, even. At least, the one today was exciting and thrilling. The two before were not so exciting and thrilling for me, and tons of other Yankee fans. It’s been an interesting Red Sox-Yankees series, to say the least.
The first game of the series was completely awful. The Yankees were dominated by the young lefty Jon Lester. He pitched a complete game, 5-hit shutout. We lost 7-0. It was an all-around sloppy game by the Yankees. Bad defense, bad pitching, bad offense… all the things that a bad team has, the Yankees did it on Thursday.
Friday didn’t yield any better results. Although the Yanks scored 3 runs in the 1st inning, that was all they would score until the 9th inning. The Red Sox tied it on a triple by Kevin Youkilis and took the lead on a 3-run homer by Mike Lowell. Yankees lost, 6-4.
Today’s game was very exciting, especially the end. We scored only two runs off Justin Masterson, but it ended up being enough. Mussina was fantastic for 6 innings, shutting down a tough Boston offense. And even though Mo struggled in the ninth, he managed to squiggle out of a bases loaded, no out jam to win the game for the Yankees.
Ah, the life of being a fan. Being a fan is much more than going to games and cheering for your team. Being a fan means living and breathing your team. It means devotion to your team. It means through thick and thin, right and wrong, great and awful, you are still devoted to your team.
Sometimes you doubt your team. Sometimes you feel that your team just isn’t capable of winning. But there’s always that hint of optimism coming into every game that your team will win. You always cheer when something good happens. You scream and pull out your hair when the bad happens. But you’re always there for your team. You wear caps and jerseys and bring along all sorts of memorabillia. You feel for your team. When your team loses, it’s a tough, tough feeling.
And your team is going to lose games. There is no such thing as a perfect team, particularly in baseball. 162-0 just isn’t possible. Your team will have its ups and its downs. It’ll have hot streaks and cold streaks. A good team loses 65 games in a season. That’s 65 times that you have to tell yourself and your fellow fans, “Hey, it’s just a loss,” or, “You can’t win ’em all.”. That’s 65 times where you pull out your hair or slap your forehead or grunt and moan. That’s 65 times where you have to see that other team; that despicable, stupid other team; win a game against your precious, beloved Yankees/Red Sox/Phillies/Braves/Blue Jays/Pirates/Tigers/Orioles etc. or your Giants/Jets/Saints/Titans/Patriots/Bills/Dolphins etc. or your Nets/Knicks/Celtics/Magic/Heat/Bucks/Blazers/Kings/Rockets etc. or your Rangers/Islanders/Devils/Capitals/Lightning/Thrashers/Red Wings/Ducks/Canucks/Canadiens etc. lose, and it’s painful! (Other leagues do not have as many games at all, but… you know what I mean).
But at the end of the day, Yankee fans, everyday you go to the park or put on the game 162 times hoping for a win. We cheer our beloved 25 men everyday. It’s not just a team, it’s a way of life!
Cheer up, gloomy Bomber fans! It’s understandable to be down in the dumps. It’s a part of the fame. But eventually, you cheer your team on like you always do. Cheer your team on to victory and stay optimistic!
The pitching has been great, Yankee fans. It really has been. It’s been a tough, tough year but we’re still 4 games over .500. We’ve got a legitimate shot at the playoffs. Expect to see some more young prospects being recalled from the minors such as Matt Carson, Colin Curtis(good OF prospects), Jeff Marquez(promising starter, on DL), Scott Strickland(MLB veteran dominating AAA), Juan Miranda(powerful Cuban 1B), J.B. Cox(great relief prospect), and Mark Melancon(live-armed reliever dominating the minors). The possibilities are really endless for these young, Yankees of the future.
Stay optimistic, Yankee fans! We have the talent to make the playoffs.
-EJ/Kid From New York