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May 8, 2003

by Larry Mahnken

Well, there was so much good about last night's game.

The first, of course, is Moose. He was unbelievably brilliant last night: 8 innings, 2 earned runs, 12 strikeouts, NO walks. Aside from being 7-0 with a 1.70 ERA, Moose has given up only two homers, and has struck out 63 this year against only 8 walks. This is the guy the Yankees paid so much for, the guy they need in the postseason. Obviously he's not likely to keep it at this level all season, but it definitely looks like Mussina is going to be fantastic this season, and could win the Cy Young.

Godzilla finally had a big game with a double and an important homer, his first since April 14th. It figures that the game after I say they should sit him he has a great game. You suck, Hideki. Keep it up.

And Giambi had a couple of hits, but I don't think that's going to get him out of his slump. Surfing the news stories this moring I saw this in the Newark Star Ledger:
Things have gotten so bad that there even have been internal discussions in the organization about allowing Bob Alejo, Giambi's friend and personal trainer, to have the clubhouse access he was allowed last year.

"It's something to think about, if it really would help Jason," a Yankees official said.
I doubt that's really the problem, but if it'll help him relax more, then it's not really that bad an idea.

Speaking of slumps, Soriano's in a doozy of one. He's 5 for his last 33 (.152) with one extra base hit, his homer against Seattle last Thursday, but he also has 7 BBs in that span.

Wow, did you ever think you'd see Soriano have an extended streak where he had more walks than hits? Hopefully this slump won't put him off the whole plate discipline concept.

And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention OBP Jesus: Nick Johnson. 3 for 5 with a homer (no walks, though). His OBP is .473, his OPS is 1.028, and he's just gonna get better as he starts hitting with more power. And he's on the cheap for the next few years, too! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Screw you <insert every other baseball team's name here>!!!

I'd also like to extend my thanks to Baseball Primer, Aaron's Baseball Blog, and for adding links to my site. Hopefully I'll write something worth reading eventually.