Just when you write Mike Mussina off he comes back to make the season interesting. With two starts left (most likely) the Moose went out and picked up his 18th win of the season. The hunt for 20 could go down to the wire, the final game of the season at Boston.
It was funny to watch Ozzie Guillen manage like his team is the one playing out the string. He emptied his bench in the fifth inning down 7-1 and brought in a part-time pitcher/part-time porn star Lance Broadway to mop up. The ChiSox will leave town with their tail between their legs, but a 2.5 game lead over the hapless Twins in the Division no one wants to win.
The Yanks, on the other hand, have now won five of their last six, all against playoff teams (if you want to call the ChiSox a playoff team). We had another douche chill moment when Moose walked off the Yankee Stadium mound for the final time. Moose even cracked a smile, which was impossible this time last year.
Personally, I think they should bring the Moose back next year. Give him a two-year deal, let him get his 300 wins in Pinstripes. He's earned it with the performance he turned in this year, against long odds. With his new pitching style, it's not a stretch to see him succeed for another two years. But that's a conversation for another day, today, we're dreaming the dream, reaching for the stars, pushing the envelope, running out of cliches...The Moose is going for his first 20-win season.
Juan Miranda got his first M.L. start tonight, Damon wasn't at the Stadium, he and his wife had a baby. Miranda looked very disciplined at the plate, I wonder how much we'll get to see of him the rest of the way. Francisco Cerevelli and Humberto Sanchez also made their major league debuts. Sanchez looked good on the hill, Cervelli looks like he has an absolute cannon behind the dish. Abreu was the hitting star of the game, 2 bombs and 6 RBI.
Player of The Game: Moooooooooooooose
Team Record: 82-71
Damon: DNP birth.