May
13

Game 34: Andy’s Back

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I still can’t believe that Andy Pettitte is going to start today for the Yankees. The New York Yankees, not a minor league team with the same nickname, not an American Legion team, not an adult league. The New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. I don’t know what to expect, but I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a regular season game. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
DH Eric Chavez
Russell Martin

LHP Andy Pettitte

This afternoon’s game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy, this should be a lot of fun.

Roster Move: As expected, Cody Eppley was sent down to Triple-A to clear a 25-man roster spot for Pettitte. Mariano Rivera wwas transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot.

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436 Comments»

  1. Cuso says:

    Wilson Ramos torn ACL for the Nats. Trade Frankie so we can steal Clippard back?

    …just kidding ….I know they’d never.

    But Cash might wanna pounce to get value.

  2. SoonerYankee says:

    Welcome back old friend!

  3. Havok9120 says:

    Andy Pettitte, y’all.

    Andy. Freaking. Pettitte.

  4. Cbeck3 says:

    Good luck Andy!

    Go Yanks!

  5. Gone Phishin' says:

    Over under on the times Michael Kay says ” Andrew Eugene Pettitte”?

  6. TomH says:

    Fingers crossed, big game.

  7. forensic says:

    Would’ve rather seen jones in the lineup over Chavez but hopefully they’ll take care of mill wood pretty well anyway.

  8. StanfordBen says:

    “I don’t know what to expect, but I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a regular season game.”

    Jesus vs. the Red Sox last year? But yeah, I’m pretty excited for today.

  9. Literally giddy with excitement right now.

  10. Can we just start the game, for the love of GOD!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Sansa says:

    The Stadium is a different stage than the minor league parks but Andy should feel nice and comfortable at home against a weak lineup.

  12. jjyank says:

    If there are any moms in the house, happy Mother’s Day!

    And for everyone else, happy Andy Day!

  13. Manny's BanWagon says:

    With all these young pitchers either getting hurt or not living up to expectations, it’s great to get Mr dependable Andy Pettitte back to show them how a real champion gets it done.

  14. Live look in, he looks the same…

    excellent catch by swish to start us out.

  15. strike 2 was just straight paint.

  16. flamingo says:

    Wooooohoooooooo. Awesome way to start!

  17. forensic says:

    Smooth there Jeter!

  18. Cuso says:

    Vintage Andy DP. Thanks, Captain – well turned!

  19. Mike Axisa says:

    This is awesome.

  20. Sansa says:

    Andy is looking good just like old times.

  21. OriginalMe says:

    Alrighty folks, Andy seems to be poised to not take years off my life.

  22. jjyank says:

    Man it feels so good to see #46 back on the mound.

  23. forensic says:

    Alright offense, time to take care of business and make it a blowout early!

  24. Cuso says:

    Oh my God! Kevin Millwoid unretired today too!

  25. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Really? Scouting Report? … “Former Brave”

  26. Betty Lizard says:

    OK, I admit it. When Andy took the mound I squealed. And cried. Hopeless fan girl. Best Mother’s Day ever.

  27. OriginalMe says:

    That young lady better remember this day as the day Derek Jeter gave her a pink bat. Wait a minute…

  28. OriginalMe says:

    I don’t know why but when A-Rod wears pink it makes me snicker.

  29. forensic says:

    Yikes, those are some seriously pink cleats Montero…

  30. jjyank says:

    Text poll: I gotta go with out-dueling Smoltz in 1996, that was an unreal game.

  31. flamingo says:

    Jeter’s making sure Andy does good today, huh.

  32. jjyank says:

    Andy looks good I think. Not dominating, but his curve has the same old bite, he’s hitting 90 in the fastball….I like.

    • forensic says:

      Eh, I have the opposite thought so far. 2 walks, one ball hit to the top of the wall in right, a rocket liner to Jeter, another hard grounder toward the middle.

      • jjyank says:

        His command is off, but that doesn’t surprise me. His stuff looks good I think.

      • I’m right in between you two, probably leaning towards forensic a little bit, he looks a little off, but I have no problem believing he can find it and actually start dominating a little bit.

  33. Dela G says:

    his veocity looks great, too

  34. Andy with the no-no through two =P

  35. jjyank says:

    Well if Tex is gonna make an out, at least it was oppo field.

  36. forensic says:

    Ok, who are these hitters and what have they done with the guys who’ve destroyed Millwood over his career???

  37. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    What’s better than two no-hit innings? Two PERFECT innings. GO MILWOOD!!!!!!!!! YAHSAYYYYY!

  38. How/why does Kevin Millwood look so good against us so far…

  39. Wow the Twins are terrible…I almost feel terrible that we only split with them. They allow the most runs in baseball, and score the fewest…

  40. Tom says:

    Why is Millwood allowed to go to his mouth while standing on the mound? He did it at least once last inning and I though the ump was supposed to call an automatic ball when it happens (unless they allow to due to cold weather)

  41. Sansa says:

    Andy’s getting a lot of weak groundballs. This is a weak lineup at home. Great decision to make this his debut to allow him to ease in.

  42. Brooklyn Nets says:

    This is amazing.

  43. forensic says:

    Now that was a better inning, though it was the bottom of the order.

  44. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Holy 1998!

  45. Wow, Ok, now Andy is starting to look great!

  46. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is so epic.

  47. joek says:

    Pitchers duel Andy pettitte Kevin Millwood who’d thunk it??
    /98

  48. Dela G says:

    lookin sharp

  49. chcmh says:

    All’s right with the world today

  50. Steve S. says:

    I still can’t get over that ‘Oldest pitchers’ list. Three of the 7 oldest are just 37, which doesn’t seem that old to me. Moyer’s an anamoly, and there are just 3 other starters in all of baseball above 38?

    Young man’s game.

    • jjyank says:

      Old man’s game compared to other sports though.

      • Yeah, most sports you’re considered old by 30, baseball you’ve probably got a good 5 years after that where you can be reasonably productive.

        The difference though is that in other sports you start at the highest level by age 22, baseball it’s usually 24-26. Especially for a pitcher.

  51. Loser of this game: the pitcher who realizes it’s 2012 and not 2002 first.

  52. flamingo says:

    Missed you, Chavez!

  53. jjyank says:

    Yeah Chavy!

  54. forensic says:

    Hey, figures the one guy in the lineup that I said I would’ve preferred to take out is the only one who’s shown up the first time through…

  55. Dela G says:

    no more no no!

  56. Reggie C. says:

    Millwood still around?

    Wow. I thought he had retired a couple years ago.

  57. Reggie C. says:

    Millwood looks like he’s gain a few pounds since his Orioles days.

  58. forensic says:

    Ok, this is where the blowout begins!

  59. Brooklyn Nets says:

    I’m all for the Time Machine Yankees. Let’s set the clock back to 98 for Alex, Jeter, Andy, Mo, Chavez, and Jones.

  60. StanfordBen says:

    Good at bat by Jeter so far.

  61. Sansa says:

    Milwood’s trying to blow him away with the high fastball but it ain’t working. Good at bat by Jete.

  62. forensic says:

    Ugh…

  63. …and that why you start the runners.

  64. jjyank says:

    Balls.

  65. jon says:

    alight the whos our captain chant is pretty annoying

  66. Steve S. says:

    @JackCurryYES: Seven of the nine Mariners in the lineup had never faced Pettitte before 2day. Only Ichiro (16 for 40) and Saunders (1-5) have faced him

    Wow, shows how young Seattle is. Andy takes one year off almost the entire team hasn’t faced him

  67. wow…who ever made the comment about Jesus’ spikes wasn’t kidding. they are PIIINK.

  68. Gone Phishin' says:

    Cone, Pettitte, Clemens, El Duque, Wells?

  69. chcmh says:

    Ok, the pink spikes? Didn’t this guy learn anything in the Yankee org?

  70. wooooooooooow were did ball three miss?

  71. flamingo says:

    Ugh.

  72. jjyank says:

    Damn it.

  73. welll….there goes all the happy feeling…

  74. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking Smoak

    • jjyank says:

      I know, I was this close to cracking a joke about how a few years ago a “Smoak-like bat” was the golden standard for prospects, and then….that.

  75. Sansa says:

    Damn it. That ump didn’t call a clear strike 3 and it cost Andy 2 runs.

    • StanfordBen says:

      I thought it was a strike initially too, but the aerial view pretty clearly showed it went around the plate.

  76. seriously, if the ump had rung up Montero on what I thought was strike 3, that never happens.

  77. jjyank says:

    Can we please start beating up on Millwood now?

  78. chcmh says:

    time to support andy, boys

  79. Billy Shears says:

    Wells, Pettitte, Cone, Key, and Sanderson

  80. Dela G says:

    smoak killed that one

  81. flamingo says:

    Well, this way we’ll win every game of the series 6-2.

  82. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Couldn’t of looked worse on that at bat

  83. forensic says:

    Ok, offense, this is embarassing.

    • Dela G says:

      it’s one freaking game, how is this “embarrassing??”

      • forensic says:

        I’m only talking about one game, where did I say anything other than that? And one hit in 4 innings with 3 K’s against Millwood is embarrassing.

        • forensic says:

          And, if you don’t even just want to go by the results, I only remember one hard hit ball (the one hit). Other than that it’s been easy grounders and routine flyouts.

      • I’m usually very positive minded with the Yankees, but Millwood is not a good pitcher, this is a pretty embarrassing performance by the offense so far.

        • jjyank says:

          Yeah, it’s hard to watch them struggle against a pitcher like Millwood. Still though, this is a team that can hang 5-6 runs in an inning real quick. I’m pretty confident they’ll break through.

  84. Karl Krawfid says:

    Stop sitting fastball.

  85. jjyank says:

    Jeez Millwood is making them look like…well, like the Mariners offense. Either that or the Yankees are making Millwood look like Halladay.

  86. Andy really doesn’t deserve to be loosing this game. I mean I’m only listening, I’ve had a couple live look ins, and the only two hard hit balls were to open the game by Ackley and the homer by Smoak.

  87. flamingo says:

    Thanks for the out, Mariners!

  88. wow as of this morning the division leaders are as follows:
    AL East: Baltimore
    AL Central: Cleveland
    AL West: Texas
    NL East: Washinton
    NL Central: St Louis
    NL West: Los Angeles

    If you were to tell me that this would be the case in mid-may the only two I’d believe would be Texas and St. Louis.

  89. chcmh says:

    martin and jetes have perfected that move

  90. flamingo says:

    Ha, Tex beat that out? No way!

  91. Cy Pettitte says:

    MT25 with the speed

  92. forensic says:

    Three of Tex’s last four hits have been 2 swinging bunts and a dying quail blooper…

  93. Love those wall banging singles lol.

  94. flamingo says:

    Alright, let’s get to Millwood now.

  95. Dela G says:

    check swing single? i’ll take it

  96. jjyank says:

    Looong single. Hopefully we get this train going now.

  97. forensic says:

    Ok, NOW is the time to get something on the board.

    PLEASE!!!

  98. jjyank says:

    Ha how crazy is it that I actually want Ibanez up in this situation?

  99. Dela G says:

    nice job swish!

  100. flamingo says:

    Bases loaded, no outs. C’mon, Yanks.

  101. We have to make this pay off.

  102. forensic says:

    Gotta put up a crooked number now. Bases loaded, 0 outs. Do it up!!!

  103. Dela G says:

    lets get a run!

  104. Chavez…you have to put the ball in play there…terrible AB.

  105. chcmh says:

    cone is a god in the broadcast booth

  106. jjyank says:

    Damn it Chavez, that was RIGHT down the middle. If Martin hits into a double play now I’m going to scream.

  107. forensic says:

    Ugh, wish it was a different part of the lineup batting. Please just don’t GIDP Martin.

  108. Dela G says:

    chavez you have to protect at 0-2…

  109. Cy Pettitte says:

    great AB Russell

  110. Sansa says:

    Whew. We scored without a hit. Now Jete can get the big hit we need.

  111. flamingo says:

    That was NICE.

  112. forensic says:

    Ok, it’s a start! Please don’t repeat your last AB now Jeter. You’re about due for a hit in this game at this point.

  113. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Russel seeing those pitches well

  114. Dela G says:

    that pitch looked very close… but i’ll take it!

  115. flamingo says:

    BAD JETER. NO.

  116. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Fuuuuuuuuuck

  117. jjyank says:

    Damn it. At least they got 1…

  118. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter you gotta be kidding me

  119. GOD DAMNIT DEREK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BASES LOADED WALK AND YOU SWING FIRST PITCH??!!?!?!?!

    • a couple weeks ago I was talking to somebody about derek swinging at the first pitch to often, this is EXACTLY what I was talking about.

      • jjyank says:

        Devil’s advocate, maybe what Jeter is thinking is that after walking in a run, Millwood is likely to cruise a fastball down the middle to the next batter to get ahead quickly.

        No idea if that’s the case, just a thought.

      • flamingo says:

        I think, over his career, he’s something like a .380 hitter on the first pitch.

        Not going to deny that it’s extremely annoying, though.

  120. aRX says:

    ………….

  121. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jesus Christ he just walked in a run Jeter.

  122. Sansa says:

    Damn it Jeter. He’s a rally killer today.

  123. forensic says:

    Jeter needs that pink bat back. At least that one only had a K in it, not two GIDP’s like this one.

  124. oldmanalex says:

    jeter of old is back

  125. Dela G says:

    wow thanks jeter

  126. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    At least we got 1 run and there’s no way Millwood gets away with that again.

  127. jjyank says:

    Wow Swish, nice play. Way to hold Ackley to a single.

  128. forensic says:

    5 outs on 12 pitches in 3 AB’s for Jeter. Yuck!

  129. Ok andy, get a quick inning then lets actually get some offense together. and next time if/when a yankee comes up with the bases loaded after the pitcher has walked in a run he doesn’t hit into a first pitch DP…

  130. fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck…….

  131. aRX says:

    …fuck.

  132. jjyank says:

    Sigh.

  133. cjc says:

    yankee stadium’d

  134. Hummingbird S. says:

    I guess they will be tipping their caps to milwood, right?

    • TomH says:

      Unfortunately yes, he could well turn out to be the Old Timer Hero of the game.

      Jeter abominable, and that last swing ARod took, last at bat, was pitiful.

  135. Sansa says:

    Andy just didn’t have it today. And neither did the offense.

  136. dontchaknow says:

    doink

  137. jjyank says:

    “DOINK”

    -David Cone

  138. Dela G says:

    andy can’t get anything going for him lucky wise

    • forensic says:

      Lucky wise? They’ve been hitting the ball hard all game off him. He’s lucky it’s not a better offense and he’s not out of the game already.

      • Like I said earlier, I’m only listening to the game, but up until this inning I feel like Andy pitched very well besides the pitch to open the game to Ackley and the homer to Smoak.

        • jjyank says:

          Off topic for this particular discussion, but do you ever get a day off? It seems like you’re always at work and confined to the radio.

          • Haha, actually no. I work 7 days a week, it just always happens that I’m working during the game. It’s nothing new though, before this I was delivering pizza and except for 1 of 4 seasons of doing that I was working nights so I listened to the game most of the time there.

  139. Karl Krawfid says:

    I blame Jeter.

  140. So that ball went what, 314 feet 2 inches?

    • TomH says:

      About 18 feet longer than some of those Yogi used to hatchet chop down the right field line, in the post-1937 Stadium.

  141. flamingo says:

    Ugh.

    (Ha, I tried to post my comment just saying “Ugh” and I got an error message saying “It looks like you already said that.” Ha. This game’s got some ugly in it, what can I say.)

  142. forensic says:

    Yup, Pettitte getting smacked around a bit now. I guess the wind is just blowing out though, right? ;-)

  143. V says:

    Ugh. This is one of those games where the pitcher has looked a lot better than the results. Two dinky HRs. Ugh.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      I dont know about that.. Andy’s stuff is supbar and his command is simply not there.. a lot of 85mph fastballs up in the zone or in the middle

    • forensic says:

      Totally disagree.

      • V says:

        I’ll let you know if I ever want your opinion. (Hint: Don’t wait for it).

        • forensic says:

          Ah, extremely mature. It’s not like when you post on a blog comments section that you should expecct people to respond to certain comments or anything…

          • V says:

            Are you -ever- not negative? Life isn’t meant to be lived that way, d00d.

            • forensic says:

              It’s being realistic. There isn’t much to not feel negatively about in this game. When good stuff is happening I call that too. I just don’t look at everything through pinstriped glasses like so many people here…

              • V says:

                ‘Realistic’? Really? You’re like the #1 Pessimist.

                Not everyone who sees potential positives is looking through ‘pinstriped glasses’. You don’t have to combat optimist by being an asshole.

                • forensic says:

                  It’s a blog comments section and I gave my opinion on something with a comment. How is that being an asshole?

                  Responding to someone with I’ll let you know if I ever want your opinion. (Hint: Don’t wait for it). is much more assholish, but whatever, go on believing whatever you want.

        • jjyank says:

          If you don’t want people to comment on your statements, then maybe internet blogs aren’t for you.

    • GardnergoesYardner says:

      Not really. He’s been kinda lucky all game. Those two HRs were dinky though.

  144. Sansa says:

    Get him out of there and put Freddy in. Andy doesn’t have it.

  145. Up until this inning Andy looked OK, which is nice.

  146. Athenian says:

    Not really a great entrance for Andy. Kind blew this one.

  147. Athenian says:

    Offense needs to pick it. It is just Kevin Millwood!

  148. Karl Krawfid says:

    Kinda wish Jorge was here to catch Andy.

  149. Sansa says:

    Martin and Andy just aren’t on the same page. Girardi might give Chris Stewart a chance next time around since he works so well with CC and is swinging a better bat than Martin.

  150. forensic says:

    Geez, get him out of there already while the game may still be within some semblance of reach!!!

    • Maybe Girardi thinks that “hey, if we hit into a DP with the bases loaded, they have to as well.”

      I still feel better about this start for Andy than you do though. I feel like you were expecting him to fail so you look at this start through a bad light.

      • forensic says:

        Yes, I expected bad, and that’s basically what it was. 6 innings, 10 baserunners, 4 runs, and 2 K’s against their offense is pretty bad.

        • Yeah, the final line does look bad, but up until the 6th inning I feel like he pitched well…yeah the sixth got a little ugly. through the first 5 though 5 baserunners? Not bad

        • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

          It was his first start back and he gave up several ground ball singles, a cheap homer, and got screwed by a strike 3 non call. He also induced 2 DP’s. He wasn’t great, but geez, give the guy some credit.

          • jjyank says:

            I agree with that assessment. He wasn’t great, but I think he showed that with a little more seasoning he can be perfectly serviceable. It’s just first start in a year and a half, I’m willing to give him a mulligan.

          • forensic says:

            The non-strike 3 looked like it went around the plate. He also gave up some hard grounders, ripped line drives, and another ball caught at the top of the wall.

  151. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    Another fucking cheap hit.

  152. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Just take him out, it’s not worth it. Plenty of arms in the pen.

  153. jjyank says:

    That was a sweet double play.

  154. Hummingbird S. says:

    Teix is just amazing on D… wow

  155. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Yay for double plays.

  156. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Time for rally to save Andy

  157. chcmh says:

    andy looked good. mixed his pitches well. ran out of gas around 70 pitches. a little run support and he leaves with lead. andy always needs run support. saw a lot of the old pettite out there. i’ll take it.

  158. flamingo says:

    What is with all the double plays?!

  159. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fuck this game.

  160. for the love of god. can we stop first pitch swinging after a walk?!?!?! it’s almost asking for a double play to befall you.

  161. Hummingbird S. says:

    ridiculous DP… glad Alex took his time strolling down the line

  162. chcmh says:

    milwood looks like veteran who didn’t take year off

  163. Widget says:

    How do you let Kevin Milwood off the hook that much? He’s not a very good pitcher at all.

  164. Bartolo's Colon says:

    this is a sad game

  165. Karl Krawfid says:

    I thought Montero couldn’t catch.

    He’s doing fine to me.

    • Monterowasnotdinero says:

      laughed at this.

      Montero not being able to catch-what a joke.

      A nice story concocted by the Yankees.

  166. Tom Zig says:

    Lots of DP today

  167. Cuso says:

    What a downer this game is. That 3-2 pitch to Montero in the 3rd inning was a strike. And Millwood has gotten ridiculous pitches called strikes. Garbage Ump.

  168. Bo Knows says:

    In more positive news, ManBan had another great start

    his final line:

    6ip, 5 hits, 1 run (0 earned), 7 K’s, and 0 walks all on 89 pitches (61 strikes)

    • jjyank says:

      Awesome! Thanks for the update. 7 K’s and no walks is really encouraging. If ManBan can get back to command as his calling card, he has a shot at the rotation in 2013. His walk ratios have been great since coming off the DL.

  169. flamingo says:

    Joe’s not keeping Andy in the game to see if the offense scores some runs and get him a win, is he.

  170. chcmh says:

    every time a pink bat breaks a mother cries

  171. Rainbow Pinstripes says:

    Gameday had the 4th pitch of that at bat well, well, well within the strike zone. #robotsplease

  172. chcmh says:

    good to see andy back – grizzled and dealing

    • JMK says:

      Dealing? I wouldn’t go that far.

      • chcmh says:

        well, he started out that way, his curve was working, setting his pitches up. andy is always kind of like that, not dominating, but whittling, lots of ground balls, some home runs, he always needs runs, so in andy terms, i saw a typical start , ran out of gas around 70. looked just about right to me. let’s call it andy dealing.

        • JMK says:

          OK, but ‘dealing’ should have a more objective measure than “he kinda got by, as he usually does”. He left a lot of flat cutters over the middle, abandoned the curve early on, didn’t change eye levels and didn’t pitch inside. I’d argue he was lucky he didn’t get hit a bit harder but also unlucky the balls that were hit for homers were cheapies.

          Regardless, he didn’t have the command to have been ‘dealing’ in any objective sense, even if you believe this was par for his normal starts.

  173. Bartolo's Colon says:

    that was weird

  174. Tony says:

    Millwood is killing them with sliders/cutters inside to lefties. Make an adjustment

  175. TomH says:

    The top and middle of the order ought to hang their heads.

  176. forensic says:

    Could the mothers of the Yankees have out-hit the Yankees today? Geez…

  177. jjyank says:

    Yankees hit Shield, Felix, Price, and Verlander well this year. But Kevin Fuckin’ Millwood confounds them. Sigh.

  178. chcmh says:

    55 strikes/ 33 balls for millwood

  179. wow says:

    ugly, ugly game… feel bad for Andy, he pitched good enough…

  180. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    It’s not over yet…

  181. Tony says:

    Its bad when all the player of the game nominees are Mariners. Hopefully that will change in the next two innings

  182. jjyank says:

    Heyyy the hippie is back!

  183. JMK says:

    Wilhelmsen? I expect that kind of name to be riding horseback with a mallet.

  184. Hummingbird S. says:

    they need a fix at C… Martin blows

  185. forensic says:

    Martin with a no-contact day. And Jeter, why couldn’t you do that one of your last two AB’s??? I wish it was that easy.

  186. forensic says:

    Lefties just 2-19 off Luetge. Pretty good (though he has walked a few).

  187. Karl Krawfid says:

    1 strike that at bat.

  188. JMK says:

    Michael Kay makes sure to point out Leuke’s parents have a convenience store/car wash. He fails to mention he’s a rapist.

  189. Sansa says:

    If Martin is going to hit less than .200 why not give Chris Stewart a shot? Andy did not look comfortable with Martin and Stewart works so well with CC. Might light a fire under Martin.

  190. V says:

    Wow, ARod can’t recognize breaking pitches anymore.

  191. forensic says:

    Ok, Come on Cano!

  192. Sansa says:

    If I were Wedge I’d pitch around Cano and pitch to Teixera. Better to give up 1 run than 3.

  193. forensic says:

    Kind of surprised he’s taking Delabar out. Lefties are just 1-23 against him and Cano is 2-4 with a double and homer against Furbush.

    Hopefully this blows up in his face.

  194. jjyank says:

    Anyone else chuckle at “Furbush”?

  195. Sansa says:

    Just as I suspected they are pitching around Cano and will pitch to Teixera. Better to give up 1 run than 3.

  196. flamingo says:

    Hey, as long as we get three more bases-loaded walks, I’m fine with the lack of hits!

  197. best part about this? we cant hit into a first pitch DP lol.

  198. we just cannot do anything today, huh?

  199. jjyank says:

    Can’t say the Yanks haven’t had their chances…

  200. forensic says:

    Sigh, Tex makes me sad…

  201. Karl Krawfid says:

    Pure trash. Wasn’t going to do a damn thing with that pitch.

  202. wow says:

    only a shell of himself… for shame

  203. Widget says:

    Real shocker there. Tex did nothing.

  204. Billy Shears says:

    Teixeira is disappointing to his own mother.

  205. Sansa says:

    Nice piece of managing there by Wedge. He told Furbush, don’t give Cano anything to hit. Then he overmatched Teixera who is just going to have to be moved down in the lineup. 2 bunt singles and a .220 average just isn’t going to cut it for a 5 hitter. Move Swisher up to 5.

  206. Hummingbird S. says:

    another rally killed by Teix… awesome investment..

  207. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    They should move swish up behind cano… And bat tex 6 or 7

  208. Ethan says:

    I really wish girardi would move tex down in the lineup, at least to 6th. At this point I would much rather have swisher batting 5th than tex.

    • jjyank says:

      Yeah I agree. I’m usually not a fan of over-thinking the lineup, but something needs to give at some point.

  209. JMK says:

    Ugh Tex. How many more years on that contract?

  210. V says:

    Re: Teixeira – it’s almost like… when a team signs you to a huge free agent deal… that you SHOULDN’T CHANGE WHAT MADE YOU GOOD.

  211. Erica says:

    Derp derp derp. Saw the first inning and now when Tex struck out. Quite a difference from beginning to the present, eh?

    How was Andy? I saw he gave up two 2-run home runs but other than that??

    • jjyank says:

      He looked okay. I thought his stuff looked good, hitting 90 on the fastball and the curve looked like its old self. His command was off though and got hit kinda hard. As far as I’m concerned, perfectly acceptable for his first start in a year and a half.

    • Steve S. says:

      Could have mixed things up a bit more, but the FB was there and he worked out of jams multiple times. Looked like you’d expect Andy to look, so I’m happy. I think he’ll shake off the rust and be a solid member of the staff.

    • JMK says:

      Andy was pretty good when he used his curveball, which he for reasons unknown abandoned pretty early in the game. He overall just wasn’t very sharp though.

      Cutter was relatively flat, left it out over the plate, didn’t pitch inside. Gave up two HRs, neither of which were really hit tremendously hard. Still, his command was definitely lacking today.

      • Erica says:

        Yeah I heard he was mostly on the corners. But I guess if the potential is there for him to sharpen his stuff up then he might be good to go?

        • JMK says:

          It’s his first big league start in quite some time. I wouldn’t read too much into it. Let’s see how he looks over the next few starts. Hopefully he finds his groove.

          I will say, however, anyone expecting the Andy of April-June of 2010 shouldn’t get their hopes up.

          • Erica says:

            Oh yeah I’m not worried about him at all. I mean, you can’t get any worse than Freddy Garcia 2K12 version, right? Heh

  212. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    Pettitte had an OK start, but it certainly wasn’t a quality outing. Guess no one’s ripping him apart because he’s a True Yankee

  213. forensic says:

    Ugh, come on Rapada, at least keep it at 2…

  214. chcmh says:

    my back is achin’

  215. JMK says:

    We should trade Clay Rapada for Clay Zavada’s mustache.

  216. jjyank says:

    Ugh….Clay….

  217. forensic says:

    Ugh, the missed catch is bad enough, but what the hell are you thinking throwing that ball?????

  218. Erica says:

    Uhhhh Rapada.

  219. Cy Pettitte says:

    Rapada kills any chance of a come back

  220. wow says:

    nothing going right. shameful

  221. Hummingbird S. says:

    what is Girardi doing? what a fucking moron.. 2nd lefty and worst pitcher on the staff left to pitch the whole inning, even against righties.. And everyone is available. What a shitty manager

  222. Widget says:

    Looks like nobody can do anything right for the yankees today.

  223. Karl Krawfid says:

    Have a nice afternoon folks.

    Yankees just embarrassed their mothers.

  224. Tom says:

    So was that pretty much a groudball to short? It looked like it was pretty wide of the mound.

  225. chcmh says:

    3x ugh factor

  226. Cuso says:

    What a cluster—-. Wish I stopped watching after 1st inning.

  227. aRX says:

    I think he realized that the score wasn’t 6-2 yet like the other games, and compensated…

  228. Cy Pettitte says:

    possible that all three games end in this series end in the same score, 6-2. wonder how often that has ever happened.

  229. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Well maybe we had a chance, but it sure as hell doesn’t matter now. God damn it Rapada. That’s Joe’s fault for leaving in our second lefty against righties.

  230. stuart a says:

    tex is a offensive stud. really the guy is horrible. a 3 year slide. pull happy clown….

    more clutch hitting today. so many unclutch ineffective ab’s I cannot even pick which 1 to conmplain about. chavez strike 3 bases loaded no outs, jeter DP man, tex swinging at a ball on the ground.

    tex has a under 270 obp….i thought he wa sgoing to bunt on occassion? he is a joke………..this is a 3 year slide. not a 45 game abberation. his obp and BA has been gone down for 3 years………….

  231. aRX says:

    what else can you do but laugh…

  232. Need Pitching says:

    what a fucking dumb ass

  233. Erica says:

    OH MY.

  234. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol this game is a comedy of errors

  235. jjyank says:

    Swish, that was not the smart move.

  236. JMK says:

    Why are you going for three down four runs? Whaaaat?

  237. stuart a says:

    girardi gets garcia up at that point for no logical reason…

    rapada is terrible against righties…..

    bad bad bullpen management….

  238. Hummingbird S. says:

    brain dead… another moronic decision

  239. Tom says:

    Swisher…. trying to get that critical 1st of 4 runs to 3rd?

  240. Widget says:

    what the hell. This game is all sorts of messed up.

  241. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol right on top of him and still missed the call

  242. JMK says:

    Even if he was safe by a finger’s length, it was a bad idea.

  243. stuart a says:

    swisher was safe. umps blew another call right in front of them. what a shocker.

    swisher is a dope…….

  244. Ethan says:

    I really want robots or vastly expanded replay. Screw umpires and their blown calls, i’m so sick and tired of it. Get a system similar to how tennis does their hawk eye system for balls and strikes, vastly expanded replay or another system for everything else in the field. The human element is damaging to baseball, not a benefit.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

      I agree, but MLB needs their money (as if they don’t already have enough) and instigates a stupid new playoff system.

  245. Sansa says:

    You would think with Andy back and a chance at the sweep there’d be some fire in their bellies but I just didn’t see much effort today. They loaded the bases twice and twice scored one run with a walk. Jeter swings at the 1st pitch right after a bases loaded walk. A-Rod saunters down to 1st and they double him up. Just no effort out there.

  246. wow says:

    just keep ol’ 25 hitting in that spot. Whatever you do, keep him there.

  247. Betty Lizard says:

    Andy Pettitte pitched for us. I got iTunes for Mother’s Day. I’m not crying over the loss. (Which I’m blaming on the pink bats.)

  248. JMK says:

    Please Joe, make the logical decision and move Tex down in the lineup.

  249. Kosmo says:

    Kevin “fuckin“ Millwood. Are you serious .
    Rapada had zero business being out there facing righties in a 4-2 game.
    Before everyone hammers away at Tex look at what Granderson has done of late, what is he 3 for his last 25 ?, can´t buy a hit in a crucial situation.

  250. Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

    LOL at everyone blaming Clay Rapada for Pettitte and the $200 million offense shitting the bed.

  251. Duh Innings says:

    The Yanks need to trade Martin and Swisher midseason then pick up the 2013 club option on Granderson, trade him, Rodriguez, and Teixiera, and let go of Ibanez in the offseason.

    They need to rebuild the starting nine with Cano, Jeter (1B after Teixiera is traded), Gardner (CF after Granderson is traded), Nunez (SS), a re-signed Melky Cabrera (RF?), and a reacquired Austin Jackson (LF) for 2013.

    Why not Mustellier-Laird at 3B after A-Rod is traded, Romine-Cervelli at C (Stewart could be re-signed), and Alfonso Soriano brought back for DH for an all-homegrown Yankees starting nine for 2013?

    Jeter and Soriano would be the only old everyday players. Cabrera would be the only everyday player with a long-term contract assuming he got at least five years and Cano isn’t extended before 2013 ends.

    The Yanks would have a nice bevy of young, cheap, promising talent from trading Martin, Swisher, Granderson, Rodriguez, and Teixiera who all have trade value. Martin is a defensive catcher with pop, Swisher is a switch-hitting RF with pop who can get on base and play a little 1B, Granderson is a great-hitting veteran CF, Rodriguez is chasing the homerun record (calling Seattle if they let go of Ichiro after this season), and Teixiera is a veteran Gold Glove 1B with power who can get on base.

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