Everyone was expecting to see Yankees’ starting pitcher AJ Burnett on the mound. So fans were puzzled when the screen in center field announced that Dustin Moseley would be facing the Red Sox’s Josh Beckett.
Burnett was a last minute scratch due to back spasms, but Moseley, as his replacement, didn’t go over too well in the Bronx.
Could Moseley handle the atmosphere of a Red Sox-Yankees game?
The answer is yes. Going into the sixth inning, Moseley had a pitch count of 69 with 39 strikes and 30 balls. Moseley was consistent, striking out five and walking two. He got run support from the team which played a major part in the win.
Moseley looked confident and got a well-deserved standing ovation from a packed Yankee Stadium.
Moseley is now 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA in his three starts in New York.
To say fans were thrown off would be an understatement. Imagine if Burnett had made his start and how disastrous things could have gotten.
Fact is that Burnett is about as reliable as a man guessing a woman’s pant size. Games go one of three ways for Burnett: He either stinks, dominates, or dominates for four innings only to implode in the fifth by giving up multiple home runs.
Moseley is not a rookie. In 2000 the Cincinnati Red drafted him in the first round, but got traded to the Los Angeles Angels in 2006. Moseley made three starts for the Halos in 2009 before having to undergo hip surgery. In his 23 total starts he is 8-7 with a 5.41 ERA.
Moseley saved the day on Sunday, but a move into the bullpen when Pettitte returns and the rosters expand seems imminent. He is not solid enough to keep in the rotation for the long haul.
Still, Dustin Moseley should be proud of his performance that propelled the Yankees to a headlining win.
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