How about Mike Mussina? He’s 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in his last three starts and has allowed one extra-base hit in his last 11 innings.
â€œI know the ballâ€™s not going to come out of my hand going 93 again,â€ Mussina said. â€œSo I have to pitch with what I have and Iâ€™m doing OK.â€
Joe Girardi hinted after the game that Mussina could get an extra day of rest with the team off on Monday. Originally, it looked like the Yankees would simply skip Ian Kennedy and keep the other four starters on regular rest. But now they’re at least considering adding a fifth starter. Either way, it seems Kennedy will get skipped.
Girardi didn’t say what pitcher he would use. Kei Igawa, perhaps. It just seems to be in the discussion stage at this point. Girardi and Brian Cashman have to talk it over.
Not much else to report. Jose Molina was pleased to snap his long hitless skid. But like every other backup catcher, he considers it a good day when his starter does well.
I am not covering the game tomorrow. My niece has her first communion so I’ll be getting up early to attend church and dodge bolts of lightning. The estimable Kevin Devaney Jr. is covering the game and I’m quite confident he’ll call me with a lineup to post.