The most important thing to come out of tonight’s game was the performance of Mike Mussina. His seven strikeouts in 7.2 innings offered proof that his curveball is back and that his velocity is up enough to create separation from his fastball.
A changeup only works if it’s at a different speed. Tom Glavine changed by throwing his change slower. Mussina isn’t quite there yet. He can still go 88, 89, 90 when he needs to.
This was the deepest Mussina has gotten into a game this season and he was thrilled afterward. As the team came up the runway after the game, he was waiting in the hallway fist bumping everybody.
The Yankees have that “today we win” vibe going for the first time all season. Everybody is loose, the bullpen is rested, the starters are working well and the lineup is wearing out opposing starters with patience and power.