Mike Mussina offered no excuses, saying only that he was awful and tonight was one of the worst performances in his career.
It was his shortest as a Yankee, matching the 1.2 innings he pitched against Baltimore on Sept. 27, 2005. Now 8-9, he has a 5.22 ERA and has allowed 13 earned runs in his last two starts.
After winning four games in a row and pitching very well, Mussina has been brutal. “It just disappeared,” he said.
Don’t expect any changes. Mussina will remain in the rotation. Losing two games in a row, no matter how badly, doesn’t mean they’re going to throw Ian Kennedy into the pennant race. Mussina didn’t win 247 games by accident.
As for the bullpen, the Yankees are OK for the final game of the series. They have Joba Chamberlain for two, Farnsworth for one and Rivera for one. But Andy Pettitte needs to go at least six.