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Gameday Thread: Yankees "at" O's, 09/28

     Shawn Chacon, RH              Daniel Cabrera, RH
     (6-3, 2.89)                   (10-12, 4.58)

Game time is 7:05 on CSN and YES.

I demanded the death of Mike Mussina last night and the Orioles delivered. 17 runs? Were they saving them all up for the last three months?

Shawn Chacon doesn't look like quite as much of a mack now that he's a Yankee. No goatee, no sideburns, no soul patch, no hair poking out from 'neath his cap. I don't even think they let him tilt his cap. I saw him pitch at Yankee Stadium once and the pinstripes had no slimming effect for him.

A lot of people have made a big deal about what he's done for the Yankees since he's come over from Colorado, and yeah, he's really been pretty damn good, there's no arguing that, and he's helped steady their crappy rotation, another thing you can't disagree with. But was it that terribly unexpected? He was 1-7 for Colorado, but his numbers really weren't that bad: 4.09 ERA, 1.44 WHIP. They weren't particularly good, either, but those are not 1-7 numbers. He was playing for the Rockies and pitching at Coors frequently, where his ERA was 4.97.

Yankee Stadium has helped him a ton. He's posted a 2.68 ERA in New York. Chacon has certainly delivered and you'd have to think that if the Yankees make the playoffs, he'll be a lock for the rotation. That's a little weird, but he's earned it.

Cabrera has pitched fairly well with one dominant start since returning from the DL on September 6. He went on the DL with an ERA of 5.00, and now has that down almost half a run.