What a dominating performance
by Mike Mussina. 8 innings, 6 hits, 0 walks, 8 Ks, 0 runs. The adjustments this guy has made from last season to this season are nothing short of miraculous. Today's 5-1 win was his 13th of the season, and as ironic as it may be, I think he has a legitimate shot at 20 wins for the first time in his career.
The Yanks have 61 games remaining on their schedule, meaning if everything went according to plan, he'd have 12 more starts to pick up 7 wins. Of course, when you factor in days off and the desire to skip the guys at the tail end of the rotation, he could see as many as 14. That would be the story of the year, as far as I'm concerned. The guy was a true ace for over a decade, but it wasn't until he lost his velocity that he finally won 20 games.
As for the offense, well there wasn't a whole lot of it, but 5 runs is better than we've seen plenty of times this year, and it was more than enough today, so I'm not complaining.
Sterling had me fooled on A-Rod's two-run double. From his call I thought it was headed for the left-field bleachers. Otherwise, nothing too shocking from his call of the game. I don't recall hearing, "That's baseball!" Once today, which is noteworthy.
Justin Christian took a commanding lead in the battle for center field with his 2 for 3 performance, including a double to break the 0-0 tie and plate Jose Molina all the way from first base. The Melk Man was also 2 for 3, Gardner had the day off.Player of The Game:
You tell me, I had to listen to the game.