Tagged: Pettitte

*VOTE FOR SHEETS*

   – *JOIN THE BEN SHEETS MOVEMENT*

   – I don’t care if Ben Sheets is returning from an injury… With $20,000,000 left on our payroll, we need to open our eyes! The injury concern is what will allow us to sign Sheets for a bargain. The Yankees should low-ball the situation and offer Sheets a 1 year, $5,000,000 contract. It makes a lot of sense:

  – A one year contract would allow us to see how well Sheets has recovered, without the fear of being stuck with an injury-prone player for an extended period of time.

  – Ben Sheets is a right handed pitcher. We’ve seen the inconsistant games from Burnett, and the number two slot in our rotation should be open for discussion. If we bring Sheets in to the mix, out rotation can morph into something like this:

1. Sabathia (L)
2. Sheets* (R)
3. Pettitte (L)
4. Burnett (R)
5. Chamberlain (R)

   *In my opinion, this rotation is far more promising then the following:

1. Sabathia
2. Burnett
3. Pettitte
4. Chamberlain
5. Gaudin

   – Gaudin in the 5 spot? Chamberlain in the 4? Am I the only Yankee fan who got tired of having question marks in the 4 and 5 slots last year? Our rotation would be dominant if we were so stacked, that a pitcher like AJ Burnett is number 4 on our list…

*TRADELINE: BIG DEALS TODAY*

   – *PHILLIES SNATCH HALLADAY*


   Roy Halladay has found a NEW home. In a blockbuster 3-team transaction, the Philadelphia Phillies have made their move to aquire arguably the best starting pitcher in baseball. This trade would will likely send Cliff Lee to the Mariners, and a package of young prospects to the Blue Jays to seal the deal.

    – *LEE TO THE MARINERS?*

   Talk about about making moves… The Mariners signings in 2010 are transforming Seattle’s organization into one of the best competitors in the league. After landing Chone Figgins from the Angels, the Mariners are on the verge of adding Cliff Lee to their bullpen… Lee and King Felix in the same rotation? Ichiro and Figgins in the same lineup?

   – *LACKEY TO THE RED SOX*

   John Lackey has finally found a home as well. The Boston Red Sox are looking to bolster their rotation by bringing Lackey to the east coast, and adding an incredible amount of depth to their starting pitching…

   – *MATSUI TO THE ANGELS?*

   With the Yankees leaving their World Series MVP out to dry, the Los Angelas Angels of Anaheim are now showing interest in stealing the star slugger from their playoff rivals… Wake up Cashman – we’re about to lose one of the best DH’s in the league!

   – *WITH LACKEY AND HALLADAY GONE*

   In my opinion, letting Chien-Ming Wang slip into the free agent pool was an excellent choice. It’s time to move on – but where do the Yankees go from here? With Lackey and Halladay off the market, I’ve had my eyes on the following options for a while:

BEN SHEETS: Although Sheets is returning from an injury related off-season, a healthy Ben Sheets can be as dominant as a heatlhy CC Sabathia…

JASON MARQUIS: Marquis is a starter that’s been on numerous radars for a while now. I think the Yankees should take a stab at Marquis while they can – the price will be far lower then our Halladay hopes, and he would be an excellent fit behind AJ Burnett or Andy Pettitte in the 2010 season…

   – *ROTATION ESTIMATION*

1. CC Sabathia
2. Ben Sheets*
3. Andy Pettitte
4. AJ Burnett
5. Joba Chamberlain

  I’ve thrown AJ in the four slot, because in my opinion – Pettitte performed better then Burnett last year. Plain and simple. As lefties, Sabathia and Pettitte should obviously remain a start apart – and that’s why Ben Sheets or Jason Marquis would be excellent “number twos” for the Yankees in the 2010 season. My opinion.

  

*OFF BY A HAIR-STON*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

A.J. Burnett (10-8) vs. David Hernandez (4-6)

   – *PETTITTE NEARLY PERFECT*

   Outside of Nick Swisher having an enormous day at the plate, the focal point of yesterday’s game in Baltimore had to be Andy Pettitte’s tremendous day on the mound. Pettitte carried the New York all the way into the 7th without allowing a single hit! You could smell a perfect game in the Camden Yards air, until suddenly…

   A fluke error from Jerry Hairston at third base extinguished the feat, and before we knew it – Pettitte’s quest for perfection abruptly became the quest for a no-hitter. In the blink of an eye, the history we were eager to witness became nothing more then a ‘solid day on the hill.’ (Not that there’s anything wrong with that,) – but man… that was close!

   Don’t get me wrong: I’m not shaking a stick at Hairston for the mistake, because things of that nature are what make perfect games so rare. You reach a point in games like these where the reality of what’s going on starts to sink in, and accomplishing the historical task becomes just as much of a team effort – as it does for the pitcher. Pettitte found his groove early on, but throwing a perfect game by striking out 27 batters is unheard of. You need your team to keep the fly balls under control, and in this case – the grounders as well.

Pettitte: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 8 K’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 1 0 1 0 3 .334
Damon, LF 5 1 1 1 0 1 3 .289
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 .283
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .265
Posada, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .278
Cano, 2B 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .316
Swisher, RF 4 1 3 2 0 0 1 .248
Hairston, J, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .259
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 .270
Totals 36 5 10 5 2 4 21

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte (W, 12-6) 8.0 2 1 1 0 8 1 4.03
Bruney 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4.30
Rivera, Ma (S, 37) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.81

*PETTITTE TAKES US DEEP*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

A.J. Burnett (10-7) vs. Dustin Nippert (4-2)


   – *THE YANKEES TAKE GAME 2*

   After the miserable loss we witnessed against the Rangers yesterday, New York entered today’s game ready to finish what they started in the previous 9th. Derek Holland’s been a pretty promising pitcher for Texas thus far, but I knew the Yankees weren’t about to tolerate another day of trailing and failing.

   With Pettitte on the mound, most fans were confident that he could keep the runs in check and get us back where we needed to be. Most fans were correct! I hate the term “quality start,” but that’s exactly what Andy gave us. He went 7 solid innings and allowed 2 earned runs.

   But even “2 earned” can be a disaster if your team can’t respond. In this matchup, nearly everybody hit –  and the run support was there for Pettitte early on. By the 5th inning, the Yanks were already up 4-0 thanks to a 3-run shot by Posada, and a solo homer from Jerry Hairston Jr.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 1 2 0 1 1 .333
Swisher, RF-LF 4 1 1 1 0 2 0 .245
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 .285
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .267
  Hinske, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .257
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .271
Posada, C 3 1 1 3 0 1 0 .277
  Molina, J, C 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250
Cano, 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .316
Hairston, J, LF-3B 2 2 1 1 2 1 0 .260
Cabrera, Me, CF 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .265
Totals 30 9 10 9 4 6 4

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte (W, 11-6) 7.0 5 2 2 3 7 1 4.18
Bruney 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 4.50
Coke 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.59

  

*A HUGE NIGHT AT FENWAY*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

A.J. Burnett (10-6) vs. Junichi Tazawa (1-2)

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Tickets“);     – *THE YANKEES GO HARD IN BOSTON*

   Where do I begin? We all know the Red Sox kicked off this season undefeated against New York to stir up the rivalry. We all know that New York defied the critics and swept the Red Sox when the next chance presented itself. What would be a fair assessment for the next matchup?

   Last night, we witnessed what most fans hadn’t even dreamed of.  The Yankees didn’t just win – the Yankees dominated. New York put up so many runs, falling asleep couldn’t even help the Red Sox realistically comeback… Here’s the deal:

   – *A-ROD ROBBED OF THE CYCLE*

   It was definently a huge night for A-Rod, but what most people failed to notice is that he was an inch away from the cycle! The triple was there, the single was there – but the homerun fell a foot shallow of clearing the ‘Big Green Monster,’ – and the double was scratched when he was tagged out at second. Ok – so I guess he wasn’t really “robbed,” but missing those two hits in that fashion was a low-blow to me. He ended the day 4 for 4 with an RBI, and one run scored…

   – *MATSUI ALMOST PARKED THREE*

   What can top Rodriguez going 4 for 4? How about Hideki Matsui hitting 2 homeruns, and nearly hitting a 3rd to the right field wall! I know, I know… “almost doesn’t count,” – but when you smash two in the same game, and a long fly ball has the distance to clear the fence for another – power is power. “Almost” is approriate…

   – *JETER BEING JETER*

   How did Derek Jeter handle pressure in Boston? *Yawn* The tipical .500 night with 2 RBI’s and 3 runs scored… Nothing major. Nothing remotely MVP worthy

   – *STOP HITTING YOURSELF!*

   Damon was removed from the game after continuously hitting foul balls into his leg. C’mon now Johnny – save the ball-wounds for the pitchers that love you.

   – *MORE BOLD LETTERS?*

   Another headline indeed. Teixeira may of had the best ‘underdog’ day of all, going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. That’s a ‘Tex message’ we all need to download…

   *THE RETURN OF MARTE*

   Damaso Marte returned to the mound for the first time since May. He pitched a solid two-thirds of an inning, allowing nothing across the plate and striking out one.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 6 3 3 2 0 0 1 .333
Damon, LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .284
  Hinske, LF 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 .257
Teixeira, 1B 5 3 3 3 1 0 2 .286
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 2 4 1 1 0 0 .263
  a-Hairston, J, PH-3B 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .257
Matsui, H, DH 6 2 2 7 0 1 6 .266
Posada, C 5 2 2 2 1 1 0 .275
Cano, 2B 6 2 1 1 0 0 4 .311
Swisher, RF 6 1 2 1 0 2 1 .246
Cabrera, Me, CF 6 2 4 2 0 0 0 .273
Totals 49 20 23 20 5 5 16

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte (W, 10-6) 5.0 7 7 5 2 4 0 4.25
Bruney 1.1 1 0 0 3 0 0 4.67
Marte, D 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 13.50
Mitre 2.0 4 4 4 0 0 2 6.82

*PETTITTE TAKES HALLADAY* – 8/5

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

   Sergio Mitre (1-0) vs. Marc Rzepczynski (1-2) 

   – *WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT?*

   Pettitte’s earned his stripes in the majors, but the way that Roy Halladay’s looked this year – predicting a win isn’t an insult to anybody. Halladay came into last nights game with an impressive 11-4 record, while Pettitte kicked off the Toronto series with a mediocre 8-6, 4.00+ ERA to date. It didn’t seem to matter…

   Through 6.1 innings, Pettitte allowed one single run and made his departure while the Yankees clung on to a 2-1 lead. With Damon, Teixeira, Rodriguez, and Cano ending this one with 2 for 4 nights – New York went on to steal the series opener 5-3. ‘Mo was called upon in the 8th to wrap things up when Hughes started to slip – but in tipical Rivera fashion, the Jays couldn’t put a dent in the lead we continued to build.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .319
Damon, LF 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 .279
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .285
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .265
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .260
Posada, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .272
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .306
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .288
Hinske, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .262
  Hairston, J, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .258
Totals 36 5 10 4 0 5 8

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte (W, 9-6) 6.2 4 1 1 4 6 0 4.35
Hughes, P (H, 10) 1.0 2 2 2 0 3 0 3.66
Rivera, Ma (S, 31) 1.1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.96

*KNOCKING OUR SOX OFF* – 7/30

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

   Sergio Mitre (1-0) vs. Clayton Richard (4-3)

   *My money’s on the Bombers stealing game 2.

   – *WHITE SOX TAKE GAME 1*

   Despite a solid performance from Pettitte, the White Sox managed to snag game one in Chicago on Thursday. (Talk about epic.) The Sox led 2-1 through 8 innings, and although things were looking grim – Nick Swisher hit a solo homer in the top of the 9th to tie things up.

   It was now on Chicago to finish what they started. Phil Hughes entered the game in the 6th, and Girardi made the decision to keep Hughes on the mound for the remainder of the game. (Or so he hoped…) After allowing 2 hits, he was plucked – giving Phil Coke the opportunity to close with runners on, striving for extra innings.

   That’s when Dewayne Wise, (the ‘perfect game maker,’) came to the plate. A strong shot up the middle streaked past the Yankees defense, and before you knew it – we had witnessed a walkoff that wouldn’t result in a pie to the face. Sox win 3-2.

   The specifics look like this:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .323
Damon, LF 3 0 2 1 1 0 1 .276
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .282
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .247
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .255
Swisher, RF 4 1 1 1 0 3 0 .239
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .305
Cabrera, Me, CF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .290
Molina, J, C 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .255
  a-Posada, PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .283
Totals 33 2 6 2 1 14 10

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte 6.1 5 2 1 0 8 0 4.51
Hughes, P (L, 4-3) 2.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 3.47
Coke 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.77

   *Until tomarrow: brush 3 times a day…

*2.5 GAMES AHEAD* – 7/27

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

   A.J. Burnett (9-4) vs. James Shields (6-6)

   – *WHERE DOES IT END?*

   The Yankees have been scorching hot lately, and with Burnett on the mound tomarrow – there seems to be no end in sight. Pitcher for pitcher, batter for batter, New York’s been playing some of the best baseball in the league since the All-Star break. Here’s a look at why:

   A. Excellent Pitching
  
   Outside of the loss on Saturday, our rotation’s been as good as the world predicted it could be. Pettitte, Chamberlain – even the shakey starters have been going deep and allowing practically nothing. The biggest surprise in my opinion has been Joba. In his last two starts, he’s made it beyond the 6th inning – looking every bit as dominant as A.J. or CC.

   B. Excellent At-Bats

   The hitting’s been huge for the Yanks, and it finally seems as though our huge investments are paying off. We already knew Teixeira was coming around, but like a lot of teams – you don’t want to rely on one or two players scoring your runs everyday. With Posada hitting homeruns, Hinske hitting homeruns, and even Jeter going yard – we’re really coming through when we need it the most.

   C. The Red Sox Losing!

   I can’t lie – the winning wouldn’t be nearly as sweet if the Sox weren’t slumping right now. If things were neck-and-neck this entire time, the wins would be downplayed by the need for sole possession of first.

*A JOBA WELL DONE*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?* 

   Andy Pettitte (8-5) vs. David Hernandez (2-2)

   – *CHAMBERLAIN GOES DEEP*

   What can I say? When I wrote my little Joba article yesterday, (see “The Joba Debate,”) – I knew that the All-Star break could do wonders for the ‘short outing’ funk he’s been in. More importantly, I believed that the critics had yet to see a solid start they could reference when debating his position in the rotation.

   Last night, he proved that when he’s comfortable – he’s good to go. Not only did he lower his ERA to 4.05, but he navigated us through 6 innings, allowing one single run. Tack on 8 more strikeouts, and you have a start as good as anybody…

   “Probably the best I’ve seen him all season,” said Teixeira. True indeed. I think the more time we give Joba to blossom, the more impressive he’ll become.

   – *WHAT ELSE WENT DOWN?*

   *Yesterday’s game was also “Old Timers Day.” Legends such as Goose Gossage, Yogi Berra, and Ken Griffey Sr. came out to play. How wierd was it seeing Mussina in the mix? He doesn’t even have a gray hair on his head, and he’s already pitching on “Old Timers Day” with the likes of Whitey Ford… Talk about retiring young…

   The rest of the game was what’s becoming ‘beautiful clockwork.‘ Let’s see if this sounds familiar: A-Rod homered. Teixeira homered. Hughes setup ‘Mo to perfection. ‘Mo closed the game and got the save. Go figure…

   We’ll end here with the specifics, and the Tigers swept under the rug:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .321
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .277
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .280
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .255
Matsui, H, DH 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .263
Posada, C 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .282
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 .308
Swisher, RF 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .235
Cabrera, Me, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .281
Totals 27 2 5 2 5 5 13

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain (W, 5-2) 6.2 3 1 1 3 8 1 4.05
Coke (H, 10) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.96
Hughes, P (H, 6) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.70
Rivera, Ma (S, 26) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.25

   *Now on to the Orioles…

*PETTITTE DOESN’T HOLD* – 7/11

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

   CC Sabathia (8-5) vs. John Lackey (3-4)

   *I’m pretty confident that CC will hold it down as usual. I don’t see us losing again…

   – *CRAPPY LOSS TO THE ANGELS*

   *Man, talk about a good start gone wrong. Pettitte kicked off the game pretty hot, heading into the 3rd with the lead, and absolutely no earned runs. That’s when things took a turn for the worse, and the Angels posted 7 runs in the 5th inning alone.

   What seemed like a sure-fire win, quickly turned to chaos – and although we hit extremely well, the Angels did too. The final score was 14-8, and if you tuned in – it was honestly an exciting game of baseball. Tons of hits, tons of dramatic moments… but no win for us heading into the All-Star break.

   Eric Hinske and A-Rod had two homeruns a piece. (That’s how you know it was a big game for the bats on both teams…) Four homeruns from two single players – and it still wasn’t enough to snatch the victory.  Here’s what was worth noting:

RODRIGUEZ: 2 for 3, 3 runs, 2 homeruns, 3 RBI’s

MATSUI: 1 for 4, 1 homerun

CANO: 2 for 3, 1 run, 1 RBI

HINSKE: 2 for 4, 2 runs, 2 homeruns, 3 RBI’s