"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Renaissance continues

Mike Mussina is finally starting realize that he can't use his fastball to blow people away, and it's working to his advantage.

After four starts this season, Mussina was 1-3 with a 5.75 ERA. Many were talking about how he was done and he was even called out by Hank Steinbrenner, saying he should pitch more like Jamie Moyer.

Since then, Mussina has rebounded. He has been working with Dave Eiland, who has told him to pitch inside to batters and change their eye level. Apparently it's been working.

In his last three starts (all victories), Mussina has pitched 18 innings, allowing 18 hits and five earned runs. He has also struck out 10 batters and walked two.

The Yankees are 7-0 in Chien-Ming Wang's starts, and they are 3-3 in Andy Pettitte's starts. With both Phil Hughes being out for a while and Ian Kennedy struggling, it's even more important for Mussina to give the team quality innings. His last three starts have proven that he is not done and that he still can be successful at this point in his career.

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