After it appeared Musser had finally turned a corner in his following six starts - posting a 3.34 ERA during that time - he fell back into bad habits. Musser promptly went 1-5 in his next six starts, posting a 7.58 ERA. His 2005 roller coaster season finished a high note however as he went 3-2 with a 3.58 ERA in his final six starts of the season.
Opposing International League batters began the season knocking Musser around to the tune of a .336 batting average in his first six starts, forcing him to make adjustments all season long. His up and down year showed great inconsistencies on the mound, a trait not expected from a pitcher of his experience.
Musser's ERA stood at 5.21 against right-handed batters this past season and it only dipped down to 4.45 against lefties. But the difference in extra-base hits was quite considerable, giving the impression that Musser could be utilized as a situational pitcher out of the bullpen perhaps. Opposing left-handed batters collected extra-base hits in just 15.2% of his hits allowed against them while right-handed batters knocked 28.1% of their hits against Musser for extra bases.
While opposing batters did manage to hit 13 points higher off of him at home, Musser allowed twice as many home runs on the road and his walk ratio on the road (4.19 walks per nine innings) was higher than it was at home (3.31 walks per nine innings). Throw in the fact that six of his seven wild pitches came on the road, it appears Musser did lose focus away from home.
But with runners in scoring position, opponents enjoyed far less success against Musser. They hit just .248 against him with runners in scoring position, arguably too high a number for a starting pitcher of his talent, but Musser dropped the hammer with runners in scoring position and with two outs, limiting them to a .190 batting average in those situations this past season.
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