Sep
10

Andy not so dandy as Yanks drop another

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After starting out with three wins on the road this month, the Yanks have lost five of their last seven. This afternoon, the team managed to plate just two runs off Dustin Moseley and his 7.90 ERA. They couldn’t capitalize on a few ninth-inning base runners and played terrible defense en route to a 4-2 loss.

While we could blame Bobby Abreu’s poor fielding and Xavier Nady‘s bad throwing for this one, let’s look at Andy Pettitte. Following a July 26th win over Boston, Pettitte sat at 12-7 with a 3.76 ERA. Now, he’s 13-13 with a 4.52 ERA. It’s been a long downward spiral.

Over his last nine starts, Pettitte has thrown 54 innings. He’s given up 40 runs, 39 of them earned, on 74 hits on 18 walks and 44 strike outs. Pettitte is 1-6 with a 6.67 ERA and has many Yankee fans and team officials wondering if he should return next year. We know he wants to come back, but how would Pettitte fit into the Yanks’ plans? As long as the team doesn’t consider him more than a fourth or third starter at best, having a lefty in the rotation would help the team. He has to produce though, and right now, he just isn’t where he needs to be.

More optimistically, Joba Chamberlain finally made an appearance in a game today. He threw two innings and was utterly filthy. His fastball sat in the mid-90s and his breaking balls were nearly untouchable. He gave up a harmless double, struck out three Angels and zipped through two innings on just 17 pitches. While the fourth-place Yanks once again failed to show up for this game, we can breath a sign of relief as Joba looked awfully similar to the Joba we know and love.

Categories : Game Stories

155 Comments»

  1. Joseph M says:

    The Yankees should make an all out effort to get CC and another starter (AJ’ Sheets…) Wang is then slotted as 3 and hopefully Joba in the 4 hole. Andy should only be asked back at a deeply reduced price (6 or 7 million tops).

    • Chuck M. says:

      I certainly don’t think Sheets is the answer. The only person in baseball that gets hurt more often is Rich Harden. AJ Burnett isn’t the answer, either – he’s going to cost a lot of money for a lot of years of Pavano-like injuries and Rasner-like production. I’d rather take my changes with Hughes, Kennedy, Aceves & Coke.

  2. nick blasioli says:

    mr pettite needs to become a reliever…i think it would be an addition to his future in baseball….

  3. pat says:

    who told you i love joba? Listen we were really drunk. it was just one time he said nobody would find out…. SHUT UP

  4. Manimal says:

    PED and clemens aside, he just isn’t the same pitcher. maybe he should pitch more like moyer. Oh I went there.

  5. Manimal says:

    Pitching dual in PNC. i love how they played New York New York after yesturday’s walkoff win.

  6. Nady Nation says:

    I know this team is fatally flawed, but to me, the season was over when our boneheaded owner basically said we’re too injured to do anything this year and we’ll get ‘em next year. He completely gave the team a free pass to go through the motions through the rest of the year, which by all accords they have. I’m not saying they should’ve been “grittier” or “better gamers”, but even the most positive of fans (which I have been for a majority of the season) can’t deny how lifeless the team has looked for over a month. Yet another case, and to me the worst case of all, of Hankenstein failing to shut his fat yap.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Well I wouldnt go that far. But I do think that the whole season the only person who has held themselves accountable has been Brian Cashman. To me the coaching staff and the players have gotten a major free pass.

      George at least twice in each of the past 3 years (2005-2007) has come out and said its up to Torre and the coaches to fix this. Even with all the injuries they had the past 3 seasons it was NEVER used as an excuse. This year after every game when the offense sucked it was Girardi praising the other pitcher and saying that happens in baseball.

      Whatever hey this season is a lost one and has been for a couple of weeks. Ill say this though, if this team is anywhere near this same spot next year, somebody better get fired!!!!

    • JG says:

      Outside the couple of weeks surrounding the all star game the team has looked flat all year… I don’t mean to defend Hank but it’s not like the Yanks are doing anything different.
      The bigger thing Hank has got to watch is pronouncing the Yankee need to overhaul this team. It does nothing for our bargaining power to look desperate.

  7. Manimal says:

    an old friend hits a HR against Trenton, Akron leads 6-4

  8. yankeefan91 says:

    the scarnton game is a preety good game if ya wanna see it

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....#038;_mp=1

  9. Manimal says:

    Melancon!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Jack says:

    Please tell me someone else saw that dude in the stands in Scranton.

  11. From PeteAbe: “The Yankees haven’t quite shut it down but they certainly aren’t a very scrappy team these days.”

    I don’t know where to begin.

  12. yankeefan91 says:

    so wats the score in the thunder game

  13. ben says:

    is the swb still scoreless?

  14. yankeefan91 says:

    wow this scarnton game is long ive been watching since the six and it look like they been playing forever does somebody noe if the thunder game is televised

  15. Ivan says:

    SWB has had some tremendous playoff games.

  16. yankeemonkey says:

    Holy crap, how awful is the Mets’ bullpen? Giving up two moonshots to Cristian Guzman should be grounds for immediate exile to AAA.

  17. yankeefan91 says:

    thankz mike

    mike i have one question yesterday i ask u if u see the yankees would add an arm and u said a veteran can a veteran like smoltz b a possibility if hes healthy would he setup for mo

  18. Ivan says:

    Maybe this sound crazy but can Melancon be a ROY canidate?

  19. yankeefan91 says:

    melacon is gonna be great but with smoltz if healthy is a very affective pitcher
    so mike kan they go for a juan cruz or a brandon lyon i think hes a free agent

  20. Jamal G. says:

    Peter Gammons just said Dustin Pedroia has “ten ground-balls in his five years as a pro”, what the fuck does that mean?

  21. Ivan says:

    There been talks that if Hughes doesn’t get to pitch, he’ll pitch the “Brickyard showdown”

  22. yankeemonkey says:

    Oh my god. Scranton grounds crew is doing the YMCA.

  23. Jamal G. says:

    Ah, after much debate, I think we’ve found our winner for the dumbest LoHud comment of the day:

    “FrankSJU September 10th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    If the team is playing unmotivated baseball where is the fire breathing manager we were supposed to be picking up? Oh yeah he’s here, barely.

    It was a bad hire from the beginning. With 1 year under his belt and he couldnt handle that sizzling South Florida media pressure. He either extremely over manages or under manages. He has never met middle ground. Keeping him on board is pointless. I know— rash decision, the old Yankees, blah blah blah. The best thing that could happen to this franchise is for Hank and Hal to admit a mistake and dump him.”

    • Ivan says:

      He’s probably in the A-Rod and Cano bashing club too.

    • yankeemonkey says:

      Every time I venture into the LoHud comments section, I die a little inside. A more remarkable accumulation of idiocy might be tough to find.

      • steve (different one) says:

        Abe:

        UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: Here’s an easy prediction for you: A-Rod will lead the AL in homers. Carlos Quentin has 36 and is out for the season. Miguel Cabrera and Alex have 33 and Jermaine Dye 32. Alex has 16 pressure-free games left, 10 at home. He’ll crush the ball. Bet he hits 37 or 38.

        wow Pete, so what you are saying is that after A-Rod hit 33 HRs in his first 125 games (1 HR every 3.8 games) you are saying A-Rod, without the pressure, will hit 4 or 5 more in 16 games??

        wow, that is some in depth analysis.

        with the pressure off, A-Rod will hit HRs at exactly the same pace he has all season.

        thanks Pete!

  24. yankeefan91 says:

    i have to go a scranton game one day i cant wait for the new stadium to open

  25. Manimal says:

    nice bunt by jchrist.

  26. Ivan says:

    Don’t ya love hearing the loud clapping in the background.

    Minorleague baseball at it’s finest.

  27. Jamal G. says:

    Wow, how did the Boston Red Sox of 2008 and 2007 ever lose a game? Listening to this ESPN broadcast you would think they are the only team withbaseball players, and everyone else were fielding a bunch of crack-headed pimps.

  28. Ivan says:

    SWB wins 1-0. What a game.

  29. Manimal says:

    akron’s walking away with this one, 10-6

  30. yankeefan91 says:

    yes scranton wins

  31. Jack says:

    THE YANKEES WIN THE PENNANT! THE YANKEES WIN THE PENN – Wait. It’s only the second game? Dammit.

  32. Manimal says:

    Bernie!!

  33. yankeemonkey says:

    Yanks win!!!!

  34. yankeefan91 says:

    wow scranton game more exiting the yankee game

  35. Yankees=warriors says:

    OMG, the Scranton Yanksees are really the best!!!

  36. Manimal says:

    Well, I finally saw Melancon, I will sleep a happy man.

  37. Manimal says:

    In an honest match up, who would win a best of 5 series, the NY yankees or scranton Yankees. I’d say NYY in 5.

  38. Patrick T says:

    NYY would win, but Scranton might have better pitching. :)

  39. Jamal G. says:

    Something about seeing Jacoby Ellsbury with a .324-OBP makes rich with glee. Best young CF in the game by 2009 for the dramatic loss.

  40. Ivan says:

    Man Ellsbury is overrated. Even his D isn’t that hot. To think that people like Callis took Ellsbury over A-Jax.

  41. Joe says:

    What the hell happened with Trenton?

  42. Ivan says:

    No Sutcliffe, the sox bullpen sucks.

  43. Jamal G. says:

    Oh wow, so the Red Sox ownership are for the people, according to ESPN, because they put their revenue back into the team. The Yankees do it, their a villainous group of child-laboring assholes.

    • Ivan says:

      OMG. Stop it, fucking stop it.

      “How many owners, would fly their draft pick on their private jet to sign him because he wanted to win”.

      Why don’t you kiss the owner Gammons.

      • Jamal G. says:

        The funny thing is, I heard they weren’t even that far apart (think it was less than $1M). So they can waste all that time on a private jet but can’t spend the extra cash to ink a talent like Alex Meyer. I just love how Gammons conveniently forgot to mention that the Red Sox didn’t even sign Meyer.

  44. Jamal G. says:

    Peter Gammons is talking about Alex Meyer, he didn’t sign, fuck you Gammons, fuck you.

  45. Mike A. says:

    David Ortiz just sac bunted.

  46. Ivan says:

    They gonna suck off the play by Ortiz now.

  47. Jamal G. says:

    When David Ortiz bunts, pitchers everywhere give thanks to every God known to man. However, idiots will call that a baseball play.

  48. Mike A. says:

    Holy fuck. Trenton’s coming back.

  49. Jamal G. says:

    What a useful bunt that proved to be, fucking idiots.

  50. Mike A. says:

    I have never wanted JP Howell to succeed more than I do right now.

  51. Jamal G. says:

    Jason Bay: Not Xavier Nady

  52. Ivan says:

    Howell has some nasty offspeed pitches.

  53. Jamal G. says:

    Ah, failure is bliss.

  54. Ivan says:

    woom, woom, woom Cora.

  55. Ivan says:

    I wanna hear more Peter Gammons just to hear more ridiculous shit he’s gonna say.

  56. Mike A. says:

    I have no problem with the rosters expanding in September. If a pennant race is decided by the 32nd guy on the team, then the team that lost doesn’t deserve to win.

  57. Jamal G. says:

    Mike, is Seneca Wallace going to be changed to a QB-WR in time for the Week 2 games?

  58. Jamal G. says:

    Mike Timlin: FAIL!!!!1!11!1!1!1!!!11111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!11

  59. Yankees=warriors says:

    Timlin is really our favorite, isn’t he?

  60. Mike A. says:

    I’m sure Percival will make it interesting.

  61. Joe says:

    I don’t get it there are only a few people left in the stands, where are the Fenway Faithful? They never give up hope! They are fans of Americas team!

  62. Ivan says:

    Wow Percival kinda sucks. Hard to believe.

  63. Ivan says:

    Nothing to worry Hammel.

  64. Yankees=warriors says:

    The Rays of old?

  65. Mike A. says:

    Hah. Jason Bay swings at more sliders off the plate than Afonso Soriano.

  66. Yankees=warriors says:

    Well, congrats to them~

  67. Axl says:

    I love Pettitte but we need to be more business like and stop giving these guys hefty long term contract because of what they’ve done in the past. Pettitte isn’t the same…he used to be mediocre in the 1st half and dominant in the 2nd…now he’s flip flopping…and soon will be just plain old mediocre…
    I say we go for CC Sabathia…and then sign Derek Lowe. Rotation of Sabathia, Wang, Joba, Lowe, and then Hughes or Mussina?

    We need a CF too…Damon in left, Nady in right maybe? If Abreu leaves….who in CF?? Melky needs to never see the Majors again.

    • “stop giving these guys hefty long term contract because of what they’ve done in the past.”

      and then, less than 50 FUCKING WORDS LATER…

      “I say we go for CC Sabathia…and then sign Derek Lowe…”

      Where’s the Dread Pirate Roberts to tell this guy he’s got a dizzying intellect when you need him?

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