Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mussina Toast

In his last two starts, the Yankees have given up something like 30 runs. That sucks. They have to get him out of the rotation, but as this article questions, in favor of whom? Mussina represents very well the core of the Yankees' problems for the past 3-4 years, their starting pitching is just too old. Starting pitching is tough, it takes endurance, you need some young arms to trot out there. Sure, you can get away with one or two old guys, that don't necessarily throw hard, but when you have three or four guys approaching, or past, 40 years old (Clemens, Mussina, and Petite), it's tough to expect those guys to hurl a complete season and go deep into games. One result is that it burns out your bullpen.

Young arms are on the way in the form of Hughes, Chamberlain, and Kennedy, but they won't be ready for prime time for another 2-3 years. This sucks, because by then our line-up might be getting old. Oh well, such is the game. Maybe we can get it together and sneak into the playoffs this year, and maybe the arms will be healthy, and maybe, etc.



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