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August 31, 2005

One of those nights
by SG

After winning five straight games and 14 of their last 18, the Yankees were due for a letdown. It came tonight, as Shawn Chacon struggled early with his command and gave up 8 runs in the first three innings. With Aaron Small unavailable and no other long men in the pen, Chacon was kept in to "take one for the team." He was able to hold Seattle scoreless from the fourth to the sixth, but by that time it was too late, and the Yankee offense was unable to claw back from the deficit, falling to the Mariners 8-3.

I could understand Torre being reticent to go to his pen, but I can't help but wonder if Chacon's performance today was him being due for a bad start, or if the 246 pitches he'd thrown in his previous 2 starts were affecting him. If the second scenario was the case, then it was risky to ask him to pitch 113 pitches in a lost cause. Particularly with the news that Mike Mussina is having some elbow tendinitis now, why play games with Chacon's health? You have Randy Johnson going tomorrow, and the one thing he has done is give the team innings, and then you have the rosters expanding on Thursday so you would only be short in the pen for a day.

We'll see how it shakes out.