Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Meaningless Shutouts from Mussina

I know, give the guy some credit - he beat shut out the Pirates for his second shutout of the season. Fine. Thing is, this has been Mussina's M.O. since joining the Yankees - a stellar performance or two, followed by a couple of horrid starts. Sure, at the end, his numbers are impressive, but I'd rather have a guy who'll give up 2 or 3 runs a game CONSISTENTLY, than a guy who'll pitch a shutout when his team scores nine runs, but give up 5 the next time. Take out the 18 innings against the A's and the Pirates, and the guy's ERA jumps from 3.89 to 4.88.

Manny and I give him props for Game 3 of the '01 ALDS, but otherwise, where's the big game? If this trend continues, I think it'll be fair to say that the Mike Mussina signing was a bust.

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