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Moose ready to make tracks in Game 5

Right-hander chilling out in California waiting for teammates

By Mychael Urban / MLB.com

NEW YORK -- When the Yankees boarded their charter flight from California to New York after Game 2 of the American League Division Series in Anaheim, they did so without Mike Mussina.

The winner of Game 1, in which he held the Angels to five hits without a walk over 5 2/3 shutout innings, Mussina stayed in Southern California with Mike Bozello, New York's bullpen catcher.

The idea was to spare Mussina the two cross-country flights required of everyone else should the series return to the West Coast, allowing him to stay on something of a normal throwing schedule in preparation for starting Game 5.

The Yankees' season-saving victory in Game 4 on Sunday ensured that Mussina will be reunited with his teammates on Monday at Angel Stadium -- and saved the team's brass from an almost certain round of second-guessing.

When Game 4 was postponed by rain Saturday, it was duly noted that if Mussina were in town, he could have started on regular rest Sunday. New York pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, though, had no regrets.

"If there's a Game 5, he's the guy I want to be on the mound," Stottlemyre said of Mussina. "I think it was the smart thing to do."

It certainly looks smart now. Mussina, who battled an elbow strain and inconsistency late in the season, should be plenty strong for Monday with an extra day of rest. And he should have plenty of confidence coming off his strong showing in Game 1, which helped erase the unpleasant memories of his previous postseason start against the Angels.

In Game 3 of the 2002 ALDS in Anaheim, Mussina gave up four runs on six hits in four innings and had to leave the game with a groin injury. The Yankees lost that game and Game 4, ending their season.

Monday will mark the fifth time Mussina has faced the Angels this year, and he's fared considerably better in Anaheim. On April 27, he gave up five runs on 10 hits in seven innings in a loss at Yankee Stadium. On July 24 at Angel Stadium, he gave up a run on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings to pick up a win. He pitched fairly well five days later in New York, giving up three runs over eight innings, but he took another loss as the Yankees fell, 4-1.

"When you get to this point, it doesn't matter whether you start at home or on the road," Mussina said before the series started. "The bases are the same, the mound is the same distance from the plate. The only difference is that most of the people in the stands are rooting for them instead of rooting for us.

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"You have to be able to do both. You can't just be able to pitch at home. You have to be able to go out on the road and win games if you want to win this thing, and that's what we're looking to do."

Yankees manager Joe Torre wouldn't reveal where Mussina and Bozello were staying in SoCal, but noted that he's been in regular contact with Mussina and likes what he'd heard.

"Mike is very responsible," Torre said. "I'm not really concerned about the fact that he'll be ready to pitch."

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Tonight is the night I put my money where my mouth is. I have said it before & I'll say it again. I have total faith in Mike Mussina tonight. There isn't anyone else in pinstripes I would want on that mound.

Hopefully I am correct. But I can't see him getting lit up like RJ the other night

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I actually believe it's going to be a high scoring game. The Yanks always hit Colon and the Angels have recently seen Mussina. My prediction? 8-6 Angels.

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Tonight is the night I put my money where my mouth is. I have said it before & I'll say it again. I have total faith in Mike Mussina tonight. There isn't anyone else in pinstripes I would want on that mound.

Hopefully I am correct. But I can't see him getting lit up like RJ the other night

If you're this excited about Mussina pitching, you haven't been watching the Yankees for the last few years.

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Spiff, I have. And i've said it on this very board before. I believe Mike Mussina has gotten a bad rap. He (and I'm the only Yankee fan who feels this way) is the only Yankee pitcher I'm comfortable with in a do-or-die game. I go back to Game 3 in Oakland in 2001, and Game seven against Boston in 2003 (The Aaron Boone game)

I can't see him getting lit up in a game of this magnitude. I don't care what happens to Moose in a regular season game against toronto or Baltimore, I care what happens tonight. He won't get knocked out in the third inning like Randy Johnson last week, or Roger Clemens in that previously mentioned game seven.

Or I'm wrong, and I'll take a beating for a couple of days. And while I say plenty of stupid/incorrect things, I don't think this is one of them......

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Spiff, I have. And i've said it on this very board before. I believe Mike Mussina has gotten a bad rap. He (and I'm the only Yankee fan who feels this way) is the only Yankee pitcher I'm comfortable with in a do-or-die game. I go back to Game 3 in Oakland in 2001, and Game seven against Boston in 2003 (The Aaron Boone game)

I can't see him getting lit up in a game of this magnitude. I don't care what happens to Moose in a regular season game against toronto or Baltimore, I care what happens tonight. He won't get knocked out in the third inning like Randy Johnson last week, or Roger Clemens in that previously mentioned game seven.

Or I'm wrong, and I'll take a beating for a couple of days. And while I say plenty of stupid/incorrect things, I don't think this is one of them......

He's had some good moments, this is true. But he hasn't been the pitcher he was in Baltimore.

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Moose's playoff starts with the Yanks

2001: ALDS vs Oakland, Yanks down 2-0. 7 ip, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 4 K's (win)

2001: ALCS vs Seattle: 6 inn, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 3 K's (win)

2001: World Series/ ARI Game one: 3 inn, 6 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), 1 wall, 4 K's (loss)

2001: World Series/ ARI Game five: 8 inn, 5 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, 10 K's (No decision)

2002: ALDS vs anaheim: 4 inn, 6 hits, 4 runs, 0 walks, 2 K's (No decision)

2003: ALDS vs Minnesota: 7 inn, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 6 K's (No decision)

2003: ALCS vs Boston Game one: 5 2/3 inn, 8 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 4 K's (Loss)

2003: ALCS vs Boston Game four: 6 2/3 inn, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 10 K's (loss)

2003: ALCS vs Boston Game seven (Relief): 3 inn, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 K's (ND)

2003: WS vs Florida Game three: 7 inn, 7 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 9 K's (Win)

2004: ALDS Vs Minnesota: 7 inn, 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 10 K's (loss)

2004: ALCS vs Boston Game one: 6 2/3 inn, 4 hits, 4 runs, 0 walks, 8 K's (win)

2004: ALCS vs Boston Game five: 6 inn, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 7 K's (ND)

that's 4-4 in 13 appearances (12 starts) for the Yanks. The No-decisions were

His postseason ERA coming into this series was 3.16 He's not as bad as everyone claims. He's not lights out either. That being said, I think he'll be fine.....

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when i was little i would pretend I was married to Mike Mussina (when he was on the O's of course)... I'd have these checkbooks and sign all my checks "Robin Mussina"....lol...either that or "Robin Justice"

;)

sorry i know that was off-topic. :silly:

I knew there was a reason I liked you. Of course, I'm sure you hate Mussina now....

I assume Justice is for David Justice? ALL the girls loved that guy..........

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I knew there was a reason I liked you. Of course, I'm sure you hate Mussina now....

I assume Justice is for David Justice? ALL the girls loved that guy..........

I don't hate mussina now... don't really care about the yankees...or baseball that much anymore for that matter. And yes..Dave Justice. I lovvvvvvvved that man. Had lots of pictures of him on my wall....mmmm mmmmm! ;)

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I think the Yankees will will EVEN with a three run lead.

However, Mussina did not do his job tonight. If the Yankees do NOT win tonight I will bet you Mussina will be with another team.

Mussina makes 20 mil next year, that won't be an easy contract to move.

Ijust hope RJ doesnt groove one to Finley right here........

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