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Mussina in trouble?

Postby WharfRat » Tue Apr 20, 2004 9:42 am

From ESPN.COM (and I heard Gammons mention this last night, too):

"Although it's early -- his spring training was interrupted by the death of his father-in-law and the start of the season was a psychological mess -- RHP Mike Mussina concerns the Yankees. His velocity is down 4-5 mph and his normal command is lost, Peter Gammons reported."

With the way Moose has looked, it's got me a little worried too. Now Moose is kind've skittish, and it wouldn't surprise me if the problem is just a matter of him getting his head right--but that velocity thing? Guess we'll wait and see.....
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Postby perlick29 » Tue Apr 20, 2004 9:44 am

Velocity might be age- but he is still as good a lock as they come to stay healthy and pitch well.
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Postby slomo007 » Tue Apr 20, 2004 11:14 am

I agree with Perlick....even if his velocity doesn't come back, he is too good of a pitcher to continue struggling. He should be able to adjust to pitching slower, a la Maddux does. Maddux has been terrible so far this year I know, but I think he'll rebound as well. The only real question for Mussina and Contreras is if Steinbrenner will have enough patience with them to work through their difficulties before he panics and moves them to relief or trades them or something. You never know what George is going to do,
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Postby Ry-Guy » Tue Apr 20, 2004 11:16 am

The Moose will be fine. His spring traing was interrupted by a funeral and the Japan trip messed up his regular schedule. He'll settle in eventually and as long as he can hold oppposing teams to under 4 or 5 runs, the Yankee bats should bust out soon and get Mussina at least 17 wins this season. Patience Mussina owners, don't panic yet.
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