Unsurprisingly, it’s Pettitte for Game Six

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Via Mark Carig, the Yankees will hand the ball to Andy Pettitte on three days’ rest in Game Six tomorrow night. This should surprise no one; the writing’s been on the wall for weeks. Carig notes that Pettitte feels physically fine, which is always a plus. Pettitte has not made a start on three days’ rest since Sept. 30, 2006 when he was on the Astros. A full list of Andy’s starts on three days is available here.

Andy was on the mound the last time the Yankees clinched a World Championship. Here’s to hoping he repeats the trick tomorrow night.

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  • ROBTEN

    …And a single tear appears on Chad Gaudin’s cheek.

    Turning away from view, he brushes it aside, and, acting nonchalantly and his voice shaking, claims he just had something in his eye.

    “Go get ‘em,” he said and then was gone, just as quickly as he had appeared.

    • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

      LOL. Should have been here earlier when TSJC was campaigning that they start him over everybody on the roster. LOL just kidding…

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Pathetic.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I laughed.

    • Zanath

      I would like to commission you to write a series of short stories about Chad Gaudin. Do it now.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    WTF?????

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      You’re surprised?

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        I have to remember that sarcasm doesn’t exactly translate well over the internet.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          I always find a “/sarcasm” works well if it’s unclear.

          • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

            Ok, let me practice.

            Why the hell isn’t Gaudin starting? Or a bullpen start for Robertson?!!!!!

            /
            sarcasm

            • TheLastClown

              Moshe, really? Haven’t we gone through this enough? I wouldn’t have pinned you down as one of those Gaudinghys, but now you advocate for D-Rob STARTING A GAME?

              Oh wait, you weren’t being serious, you were saying silly things hoping that the silliness would convey that your true position is the opposite, or something….right? RIGHT?!

              /dense’d

        • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

          I have to remember that sarcasm doesn’t exactly translate well over the internet.

          You got that right, Howie…

  • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

    Pettitte is 3-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 5 career postseason starts on short rest. Although he hasn’t pitched in any such game at all in 3 years and last with the Yankees in 2003 against the Marlins…

    • Zanath

      Well he’s certainly a little older since then, but that does make me a feel a little more confident. For some reason I thought it had been even longer since he last had pitched on three days rest.

    • andrew

      If Hairston’s stats vs. Pedro 5 years ago mean nothing, than Pettitte’s stats from just as long ago shouldn’t matter either.

      • http://www.sportsfrog.com/2009/10/23/the-2009-mlb-delawards/ Mister Delaware

        /binder’d

        • Raf

          ietc

  • Jeremy

    I am not going to lie. Pettitte isn’t a young man anymore and I am not super confident on how much he is going to have in the tank on short rest.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, I sure hope that his shoulder is not an issue.

    • A.D.

      Um, he’s a gamer, and gritty. That’s all you need.

  • Tampa Yankee

    Pettitte goes 7inn 6h 3r 2b 5k
    Jorge goes 2-4 1bb 1r 1rbi
    Jeter goes 3-5 2r 1rbi
    Mo gets the save
    Pedro gives up 5er in 5inn
    Yanks win #27 and finally all will be right in the universe again!

  • Salty Buggah

    27 Hours 54 mins to go!!!

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      I’m glad I’m not the only one counting down.

      • UWS

        Are you kidding? I started counting down as soon as Teix swung through that last strike.

        Go Andy, go!

        • the artist formerly known as (sic)

          An hour ago, I forgot that it was Tuesday and for a brief, wonderful moment I thought the game was tonight.

          /cries bitter, bitter tears

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Is 28 hours before game time too early to head over to Manhattan to catch the game?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Crap that was horribly off topic.

      I have every faith in Andy Pettitte’s abilities on three days’ rest.

      There. On topic.

      • TheLastClown

        Well the game to which you’re referring is the game Andy’s starting, on topic from the beginning.

        And also, how do you think Buttley is attractive? He seems like the older brother of Dustin Hoffman’s ratso rizzo to me. There. Off topic.

        • Riddering

          She likes her men like she likes her bacon: dripping with grease.

          • TheLastClown

            IETC :)

  • Dela G

    Wednesdays are tha best days, cuz we’ll be sippin champagne when we thirs-tay!

    [/B.I.G’d

    • Alex S

      damn right i like the life i live cuz i went from negative to positive!

      /B.I.G’d

      • jsbrendog

        charlie manuel mad cause im winnin tap my cell and my phone in the bullpen

        • the artist formerly known as (sic)

          Notorious BIG would not be happy with what you just did.

  • CountryClub

    Joe West is the ump tomorrow night. I know he’s considered a bad umpire. But does anyone know if he has a big strike zone or a small one?

    Since Andy likes to live on the corners, the answer could be important.

    • http://www.sportsfrog.com/2009/10/23/the-2009-mlb-delawards/ Mister Delaware

      I believe West’s strike zone is what he wants it to be that night and F you if you don’t like it. Luckily he’s a country singer and Andy is a Texas boy. We win!

    • whozat

      There are many google results for “Joe West strike zone” which, in itself, is probably not a good thing.

      • http://www.sportsfrog.com/2009/10/23/the-2009-mlb-delawards/ Mister Delaware

        2,700 for “joe west erogenous zone”

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Pretty sure he uses the “Old National League” zone, which means it’s huge. Definitely favors Andy.

      • Brawny Lad

        how does that not favore Nibbles Martinez?

    • Salty Buggah

      I think he’s a pitchers ump, which can be good if Andy has some control. It could also help Pedro as I remember one game in which he called everything outside for strikes. Sooo…I don’t know who he helps but since we’re the balls, it will be us.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Andy will have to be able to control the inside corner on the Lefties. I think he can be a bit of a Chase-Neutralizer by changing speeds.

    Here’s to hoping that our lefties don’t acquire Swisher-Syndrome and swing and miss at changes low and away.

    It’s TEX’s turn to step up. A 3-4 night with a bomb and a BB would make up for his WS to date.

    • Lanny

      If anyone is due for a multi hit night, its Tex.

  • Riddering

    Andy’s going to pad that postseason wins stat. Count on it!

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope Andy isn’t gassed again and can just give us at least a quality start.

    Make a wish! This is a holy time. 27 Hours, 27 Minutes to go!!!!!

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Numerology is a joke…..Now Melvinism, that’s a belief system that everyone can get behind.

      • Salty Buggah

        Ganesh would disagree with the 1st part but agree on the 2nd part.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Ganesh just wishes that one of his arms were as special as Melvin’s left one.

  • The Lodge

    September 25, 1998 Andy made a start on 3 days rest and the Opponent is still “To Be Determined”?

    (The Rays are more determined these days I guess.)

  • pollo

    Pettitte on his worst day will give you 5 ip 6 er.

    I think I could sign up for that. I think.

    We’ll tattoo Mr. Martinez.

    • Slugger27

      thats not the line im hoping to see

  • Salty Buggah

    It’s smart to start Andy but hopefully Girardi’s not dumb enough to start Hairston again.

  • wilcymoore

    Since 2001 Pettitte’s only three starts on 3 days of rest were in ’06 with the Astros. Two good outings, one bad one. The short-rest issue means nothing.

    I’m looking for ~6 IP out of Andy, no more than 4 runs allowed. Then 3 innings of shut out ball by the bullpen. Philly ain’t holding the Yanks to 4 runs or less on Wednesday night.

  • AMS223

    27 hours until 27!!!!!

  • http://Wenevertradeagoodstarter TLVP

    well for the entertainment of all of those ranting about my guesstimate probabilities yesterday I can tell you the betting exchanges are giving the Yankees a 64-65% probability of winning game 6, which sounds high to me but i hope they are right

  • Mike bk

    6 IP 3ER is just fine.

    • Teix is the Man

      Hell, I’ll take 5 IP, 4ER

  • AMS223

    9-5 final score:
    Pettitte goes 6ip 4 er
    Pedro 4.2 5er

    Jorge and Alex go deep

    Yanks win

    • Lanny

      Not a bad guess at all.

      Was thinking the around the same.

  • Peedlum

    There’s that nagging this could all go south feeling that’s only come into my head since 2004 that I really hate having and this 3 days rest bugaboo has gotten into my head. In order to make myself feel a little better I thought back to what Mike Scioscia said about how few games the teams have played in the month of October. Since October 3 last day of the regular season), Pettitte has thrown 25.0 innings over 4 starts, which have come on 7 days rest, 7 days rest, 5 days rest and 5 days rest. in that span he’s thrown 379 pitches. compare that to 6 starts in August where Pettitte threw 39.2 innings, and 638 pitches, going 4.0 with a 2.50 ERA and 39 K’s. Obviously there’s more to this than the basic numbers here and the SSS issue, but in any event it made me feel better to see these numbers, so I figured I’d share them for anyone else who has fallen into the 3 days rest doubter camp, which I was on the fence about for a few minutes.

    • Zanath

      The only thing you can do is think positive, or you’ll go insane. I know how it feels though, I have the same problem (mainly just following a tough loss) but I have seen this team respond all year long, and I have no doubt they will show up tomorrow. Just think, we have three wins and neither Cano or Teixera have hit. Add to that that A-Rod didn’t really start going till game 3. We’re in good position.

      • Dave G

        I’m the same way. And I live in Philly, which adds to the stress. Bottom line, I expected to come home to the Bronx up 3-2. We are right where I thought we would be. We have our most battle tested pitcher on the hill (who maybe will making is final career start). Things will work out tomorrow.

  • Lanny

    The bats are going to have to come to play tomorrow. Some have been quiet too long. Andy needs some early support and they need to get at Pedro early and often.

  • dkidd

    pettitte versus pedro

    old school

  • Renny Baseball

    OK my turn:

    Petite: 4+ maybe 5 IP, 3R
    Martinez: 5+ IP, 4R

    Neither pitcher factors in decision (i.e., late inn runs). Win for Yanks, assuming these predictions hold and given home field advantage.

    I’d love zeros across the board through 7 in a classic pitcher’s duel, and Yanks by a couple of late inning runs but short rest will cost Petite and tenacious ABs by both teams will cost both opposing starting pitchers.

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