Right now I let go of it and I don’t feel like anything good is going to happen. It’s tough to pitch that way. You can’t play the game that way. You feel like you have no control over anything, and that’s how I feel right now.—Mike Mussina
When the end comes, it can come quickly. Standing on the mound last night, with runs pouring in and the hits coming and coming, Mike Mussina might have been hoping for a Huey to airlift him out of Tiger Stadium. Mussina has had a wonderful career–a borderline HOF career–he’s been a fine Yankee, and he’s somehow managed to reinvent himself as a pitcher over the last few years. I’m not sure there’s another act in his show. And, more critically, it doesn’t seem he’s confident there’s another act either. This leaves the Yankee brass with a serious problem (nevermind the financial issues). As Cliff Corcoran points out over on the Banter, the options for replacing Moose in the rotation aren’t great: Iggy Igawa, Jeff Karstens, and Matt DeSalvo have all proven themselves unimpressive. Steven White has never pitched in the majors, and isn’t a top tier prospect. Ian Kennedy is, but he’s probably already at or close to his innings limit for the season, and he’s not on the 40-man roster, which makes adding him to the squad quite difficult. Indeed, adding anyone will be hard, unless someone “discovers” an injury and can be DLed to make a slot.
In other annoying news, Yankee top draftee Andrew Brackman has gone under the knife; he should be back in August 2008. And according to the Times, Phil Hughes may or may not still be rebuilding arm strength after his long DL stint. Now the good news: Andy Pettitte on the hill tonight for the Yanks, against hard-luck Matsuzaka. And Jeff Weaver pitches for Seattle against the Angels.