Here is Mike Mussina’s line in two starts since coming off the disabled list:
3 earned runs
149 pitches / 108 strikes
That’s high-quality stuff. He went six innings and 85 pitches tonight. Mussina should be good for seven innings and 100 pitches the next time out.
Lining up Moose, the Wanger and Andy Pettitte had turned this team around, just as Joe Torre and Brian Cashman hoped it would.
The bullpen is also back to normal now, enabling Torre to use the relievers in the roles they were intended for.
Forgot to mention this before, but Phil Hughes is headed down to Tampa on Monday to continue his rehab there. Hughes won’t be on the mound any time soon, but just being able to hang around with Roger Clemens will be good for him.
It’s hard to believe, but Hughes was born six months before Clemens won his first Cy Young Award.