What wins championships? Pitching, defense and timely hitting. Pitching, though is the main ingredient. The Yankees have the best record in baseball, but one glaring hole is the starting pitching. Last night Mike Mussina was able to right the ship for four innings, then the ship sank.
Mussina gave up seven runs in six innings. In Mussina's last two starts, against the Mets and Tigers, he is 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA. In the two games against the Devil Rays, he is 0-2 with an ERA of 11.00. Not really the numbers of an ace, are they? Last night the tigers were able to run away with the game and win 9-1. Jason Johnson pitched 8 strong innings to move his record to 6-7, allowing one run on six hits.
The game did get a little cagey in the final three innings, with Tanyon Sturtze plunking Ivan Rodriguez on the Elbow. Ugueth Urbina then threw a ball behind Gary Sheffields head. The whole thing started on Monday when Esteban Yan threw a ball over Alex Rodriuez's head. Warnings were issued after the Urbina ball and there were no more incidents.
At 1:05pm today The Yankees look to win the rubber game of the series by sending out rookie Brad Halsey against Jeremy Bonderman.