Mike Mussina was 1-3 with a 5.75 ERA after his first four starts this season. He was finished, that was the consensus among fans and most of us in the media. But Mussina didn’t give up.
The Moose is 14-4 with a 2.85 ERA in his last 20 starts. Now 15-7 with a 3.27 ERA, he’s going to get votes for the Cy Young Award and has a chance to win 20 games for the first time in his career.
In a season when one young gun after another goes down with an injury, Moose has been a rock. He didn’t have good stuff tonight and he struck out six as Texas was shut out at home for the first time since last August.
â€œHeâ€™s been a constant for us all year. Weâ€™ve been able to count on him to take the ball every five days. Every start, he gives us a good start,â€ Joe Girardi said. â€œMoose has been the leader of the staff.â€
Johnny Damon made a great point tonight on his way out of the clubhouse tonight.
“If Moose pitches like this, he can pitch as long as he wants,” he said. “They need to bring him back next year. Where would we be without him?”