The New York Yankees haven’t been coming through with runners in scoring position during a three-game slide.
New York (38-30) is 4-for-27 with runners in scoring position during its skid after going 1-for-9 in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Phillies in the opener of a three-game set. The Yankees stranded 11 runners against Philadelphia (35-35), leaving the bases loaded in the first and seventh innings in their eighth loss in 11 games.
“Right now we can’t afford to allow little things to happen,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “We have to be as tight as can be with pitching and defense because we’re scuffling.”
The Yankees are 2-5 in interleague play this season, all on the road, compiling a 5.31 ERA in those games.
New York shortstop Derek Jeter continues to shine in interleague action, going 13-for-31 with five runs this season. He’s the all-time leader with 211 interleague hits.
Mussina (8-3, 3.14 ERA) will try to help New York get back on track in his first career start at Citizens Bank Park. He’s 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts against the Phillies, whom he hasn’t faced since 2001.
The right-hander has lost consecutive starts for the first time this season after surrendering season highs of six runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings of an 8-4 loss to Cleveland last Thursday. It marked the first time this year he failed to last at least six innings.
“You know there is going to be peaks and valleys,” Mussina said. “It’s still frustrating when you bump into one of these days.”
Mussina is 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in his last four road starts.
Burrell delivered a two-run double in the fourth inning Monday that gave Philadelphia the lead for good. The left fielder has struggled in June, batting .216 (11-for-51).
Phillies starter Cory Lidle (4-6, 4.89) is 0-2 with a 5.04 ERA over his last five outings. Lidle has not fared well at home, going 3-5 with a 5.65 ERA in nine outings.
The veteran right-hander has pitched well against the Yankees, going 6-2 with a 3.39 ERA in 13 games, including 10 starts. He won his lone interleague start this year against Boston, giving up three runs over six innings of a 10-5 victory May 21.