Thursday, April 13, 2006

On The Hill

The following is an excerpt from this weekend's Dugout Splinters in GameDay.

Friday: Mike Mussina (1-0 2.77 ERA)

  • 2005: 13-8, 180.2 IP, 142 K, 4.41 ERA

  • The 37-year-old battled elbow problems last year.

  • Has a career record against the Twins of 137-1 with a –3.43 ERA. Roughly.

  • His six year, $88.5 million dollar contract expires at the end of this year.

  • In his eight career at-bats against Mussina, Rondell White has a five hits, including a home run.

  • Heckling Tip - “Where’s the ring, Mike?” Came to New York to be the ace on a champion. After winning four in the five years before he arrived, the Yankees have won zero since.

Saturday: Jaret Wright (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

  • Fun with numbers. Check these ERA:
    2001: 6.52 ERA
    2002:15.71 ERA
    2003: 7.35 ERA
    2004: 3.28 ERA

  • Guess which year he worked with former Braves pitching coach/demigod Leo Mazzone?

  • After 2004, convinced that Wright is the ace they need in their rotation, the Yankees sign him for $21 million.

  • 2005: 6.08 ERA (giggle.)

  • This is his first start this year, after battling back spasms during spring training.

  • Heckling Tip - “You’re nothing without Leo!” Or worship him for turning one decent year into $21 million.

Sunday: Chien-Ming Wang (0-0, 5.91 ERA)

  • 2005: 8-5, 116.1 IP, 47 K, 4.02 ERA

  • Rookie who did a nice job stepping in for injuries last year.

  • Heckling Tip – Time to break out those Rodney Dangerfield impressions:
    “Hey, Wang! What's with the pictures? It’s a parking lot! Come on!” or
    “Ask Wang. He’ll tell you. We just bought property behind the Great Wall. On the good side!”


Michael Nordskog said...

I was expecting to hear the sputtering myth of Mussina's dominance of the Twins trotted out again, and there it was this morning: "For all the success he has enjoyed over a career now spanning 16 years, Mike Mussina has never been a 20-game winner...Except against the Minnesota Twins." It's a stale tale.
My full take:

Anonymous said...

In the interest of full disclosure you might have mentioned that Jaret Wright pitched more innings in his one season with The Rockin' Man (186 1/3) than he did in 2000-03 AND 2005 combined (168 1/3). So in the last 6 years essentially he's had one great season and one lousy season. It's hard to believe he's already forgotten everything Mazzone taught him.

Speaking of Mazzone, he's sure had an amazing effect on Daniel Cabrera.

Anonymous said...

Dont follw Geeks recommendations for heckling Wang, there is no great wall in taiwan...but hey they all look alike right?