Moose Is A MESS!
As the title said, Moose is a mess. And so is his team. Last night, for the third start in a row, Mike Mussina looked like a washed up old man, with no movement at all on his pitches. He gave up 6 runs and was gone after three innings. The bullpen, as it has been all year, was terrible, adding fuel to the fire and runs on the Tiger half of the scoreboard. Final score? 16-0 DEE-troit. The Yankees are 8 games behind the Boston Red Sox going into tonight's game at that stadium in the Bronx.
Right now, the Yankees have only two consistant starters-Pettitte, who goes tonight, and Wang, who will pitch on Thursday. The other starters are .500 pitchers, at best. Clemens, the previously mentioned Mussina and their number five guy, whoever that is. It depends on what week it is. Their bullpen is worse, Rivera included. And they will have to sweep us in this short set.....or we can put them out of their misery. I prefer the latter. It's the kind thing to do, and it would allow the Yankees to concentrate on catching the Mariners for the wild card.
In other Red Sox news, there were two players named AL player of the week this week-our very own Mike Lowell and David Ortiz. Lowell, firmly postioned in the number 5 slot of the lineup, batted .500 (14 for 28), with 3 doubles, one home run and a .714 slugging percentage. And Big Papi? He hit .478 (11 for 23) with two doubles, three homers and 8 RBIs. Wow times two!
So the stage is set, the curtain will rise, the fans will scream and there will be baseball in the burning Bronx tonight. Yankees and Red Sox....does it get any better?
Click on the title of this post for the Globe's Nick Carfado's look at this upcoming series. And everyone, enjoy it! If we sweep the series, the Yankees are stone cold dead in their pursuit of the division title. If the opposite occurs, we're still 5 games up with 28 to play. And anything in between, either way, will not help the Yankees. Not at all. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it's time for Red Sox/Yankee baseball. Have fun. That's the most important thing.