Game 35: Rebound

(Jamie Squire/Getty)

(Jamie Squire/Getty)

The Yankees have won three straight and 20 of their last 29, but they need a rebound today. Specifically, they need Andy Pettitte to rebound from two dreadful starts and get back to being, well, Andy Pettitte. He says his cutter is the primary culprit, but when a pitcher that age had back trouble a few weeks ago, it’s hard not to wonder if there’s something more to the struggles. Here’s the lineup that will face righty Jamie Shields…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Vernon Wells
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  6. SS Jayson Nix
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. 3B Chris Nelson
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is the guy Baseball America ranked as the 49th best prospect in baseball prior to the 1995 season, left-hander Andy Pettitte.

I truly despise Saturday night games, but what can you do. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Eduardo Nunez Update: Nunez still feels something in his ribcage and did not take batting practice on the field today as expected. He’ll take today off and try again tomorrow.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Steve says:

    They have to DL Nunez if he’s not ready tomorrow. Have The Attorney General ready if he cannot both hit AND field. Call up Brett Marshall as the 26th man.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      How many days has it been already? Inclined to agree. Don’t know what the 40-man move would be, though.

      • zs190 says:

        Melky Mesa to me is the obvious guy to take off 40 man roster. Both he and Betances were added to 40 man roster after 2010 season. Betances is going to be out of options after this year and I imagine it’s the same for Melky. He has 53 (!) strikeouts in 126 PAs in AAA and is just falling apart right now.

      • Steven says:

        Could also just DFA Francisco and call up Almonte.

  2. jjyank says:

    Wow, I know it’s might just be an arbitrary end point, but the Yankees are 20-9 in the last 29 games? That’s really awesome. I guess I didn’t realize just how good they’ve been during that stretch. Kudos to the boys in pinstripes, and a wag of the finger at everyone that wrote them off in March.

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Prussia, bitches.

  4. Eddard says:

    I just couldn’t believe, after everything we’ve seen this team do this season, people still thought they’d struggle to go .500 on this road trip. They only need to win 1 out of 4 games to secure a .500 road trip. Consistent pitching will always carry a team because offense comes and goes. Andy will get it turned around tonight.

  5. vicki says:

    so he’s jamie to everybody now? i thought that was just a suzynism.

  6. LarryM Fl says:

    Eduardo who? I’m sure if he could play he would but Mr. Nix is making the best of the situation.

  7. Opus says:

    Not that I was expecting it for this game, but when is Romine gonna start again? I think he’s only started one of the last ten games played since the last time he caught Andy.

  8. Joe Girardi says:

    I hate Austin Romine!

  9. Joe Girardi says:

    Sheilds still looks like a monkey

  10. vicki says:


  11. teddy says:

    you can’t steal on shields

    • The Real Greg says:

      Actually you can as the stats that Ken just mentioned.
      14 straight stolen bases against him til that one.

      • teddy says:

        really thats suprising giving how good is his move and how quick he is to the plate

      • forensic says:

        Just saying 14 straight doesn’t really mean much. How far back does that go?

        There are successful steals off Pettitte too, but you have to guess right and go on immediate first move. It doesn’t mean you should be doing it much.

  12. Ethan says:

    The more I watch Gardner on the bases the more I think he’s just a fast baserunner. He really doesn’t do anything special on the basepaths he’s just quick. Definitely doesn’t get good jumps when stealing.

  13. Pasta says:

    Gardner needs to learn to lead off farther before he steals.

  14. forensic says:

    The Yankees sure are pros as keeping dead roster spots…

    Youkilis, Nunez, Francisco…

  15. Karl Krawfid says:

    Andy is still up in the zone.

    Early but still. UP.

  16. nycsportzfan says:

    Nix has played really good at short…

  17. forensic says:

    It’s unbelievable how they can’t let a single play by Nix go by without going nuts over him.

    But I’m sure no other fielder in the history of baseball would know who the baserunner is in that situation…

  18. Loverbay's herpes sore says:

    Andy has good movement on his pitches

  19. The Real Greg says:

    Hafner and Wells have cooled off.

    Need others like Overbay last night to step up.

    • sangreal says:

      Wells had multiple hits in 2 of the last 3 games. He drove in 2 runs and scored the 3rd the other day. Hafner hasn’t been getting anything to hit lately but has been taking his walks

  20. Karl Krawfid says:


  21. nycsportzfan says:

    I can’t wait till 8, to watch Melo stomp all over Indianapolis!

  22. nycsportzfan says:

    J.Nix baby!

  23. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nix is one of the few Yankees…he might be the only Yankee…in my life that I actually find myself rooting against. Just because of Ma and Pa.

  24. Dalek Jeter says:

    I don’t like that the first 2 pitches of the Butler AB were up and over the middle according to Gameday…get the ball down and to the corners Andy!! (as he throws a ball center center to Hosmer)

  25. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Andy!

  26. WhittakerWalt says:

    I better not ever hear Moustakas being called “Moose.”

  27. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ma and Pa were bemoaning Strasburg’s 1-5, conveniently ignoring his 3.5 ERA, his 2.6 BB/9, and his 8.9 K/9, and that all 4 runs he allowed to day were unearned. It’s really just their ignorance that I cannot stand.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      “It’s not that easy to win games, Jawn. That’s why people don’t understand how great Andy Pettitte is. He WINS GAMES.”

  28. nycsportzfan says:

    There ya go Andy!

  29. nycsportzfan says:

    Nelson starting to some damage..

  30. The Real Greg says:

    FAILURE Stewart

  31. forensic says:

    And Stewart once again fails at everything…

    I don’t even have any expectations for Romine being good, I just can’t stand the thought of Chris Stewart being the starting catcher for any team, much less the one I root for.

  32. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Robbie, lets get the lead here..

  33. Dalek Jeter says:

    I very rarely say this, because I usually believe it to be dead false, but it’s an almost certainty that Romine’s worst can’t be as bad as Stewart’s worst.

    • The Real Greg says:

      I think they are about equal. Romine has looked overwhelmed up here so far.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        In six ABs. In 2 games.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Not even 18 full innings because apparently Romine can’t catch the most accurate pitcher that I’ve ever seen pitch in my life.

        • The Real Greg says:

          Defensively too. And if you are a backup catcher, you have to take advantage of the 6 ABs.

          • WhittakerWalt says:

            How can anyone, realistically, take advantage of 6 ABs?

            • The Real Greg says:

              Shane Spencer says hello. So does Jordany Valdespin

              Produce immediately, you get more playing time.

              • Dalek Jeter says:

                Derek Jeter only hit .250 in 51 ABs in 1995. Thank god they didn’t hold on to that bum-OH WAIT…

                Jorge Posada obviously couldn’t cut it, he only hit .071 in 96…OH WAIT?!?!

              • forensic says:

                Shane Spencer had 0 hits in his first 6 AB’s in 1998…

                • The Real Greg says:

                  Fine. J.P Arencibia, then.

                  • WhittakerWalt says:

                    If Chris Stewart was doing anything at all with his playing time you might have a point. He is not and you do not. As it stands right now there’s no justifiable reason to keep running him out there at the expense of Romine.

                  • forensic says:

                    After his first game, Arencibia got all of 30 AB’s in nearly 2 months. You call that playing more?

          • Loverbay's herpes sore says:

            Bring up bobby wilson let romine play everyday at SWB

            • forensic says:

              To create an even worse 40-man situation? That’s even more pointless.

              It wouldn’t kill Girardi to play Romine more than 10 innings in a 12 day span.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            You’re grading his defensive ability on literally 16 defensive innings.

            Also perfect timing by DEFENSIVE CATCHER Chris Stewart.

  34. nycsportzfan says:


  35. The Real Greg says:

    Moustakas again makes a mistakus.

  36. Loverbay's herpes sore says:

    Lol moose tacos

  37. Kramerica Industries says:

    You can take Elliot Johnson off the Rays, but you can’t take the Rays out of Elliot Johnson.

  38. Loverbay's herpes sore says:

    Nice effort andy

  39. WhittakerWalt says:

    Defensive wizard Chris Stewart.
    Seriously, WTF?

  40. Dalek Jeter says:

    1 run for the Yankees
    0 Runs for the Royals
    -1 runs for defensive catcher Chris Stewart.

    • forensic says:

      I agree, but in fairness it should be:

      0 runs for the Yankees
      0 runs for the Royals
      -1 runs for defensive catcher Chris Stewart
      -1 runs for 3B Mike Moustakas

  41. The Real Greg says:

    Also by transitive property if you hate Chris Stewart, you hate David Cone.


  42. Loverbay's herpes sore says:

    Lol at monkey boy

  43. JMK says:

    Is Ichiro seriously trying to bunt on Moustakas?

  44. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Enjoy the game, folks. Off to a nice dinner.

    Let’s please have a moment of silence for Gil Velazquez, though, whose dream of filling Derek Jeter’s shoes died today.

  45. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nixie again!

    wooo baby!

  46. Dalek Jeter says:

    Can’t the Yankees win without Chris Stewart’s help?

  47. Loverbay's herpes sore says:


  48. Pat D says:

    Good trivia question.

    I still can’t believe that Rick Cerone finished 7th in the MVP voting that year and got 1 first place vote. Some New York writer must have credited him with saving the team from Thurman Munson’s death or something like that.

    • Tom Q says:

      The first place vote was obviously over the top, but Cerone drove in 85 runs that year, I believe, and compared to what Jerry Narron had done after Thurman’s death, that seemed Herculean.

      I actually remember this MVP vote well. A certain narcisstic NY outfielder thought he had the award locked up at the All-Star break, but then Brett made his run at .400 and took over the race.

      A lot of the NY press tried to push for Randolph in the top ten as well.

      • Pat D says:

        Randolph did lead the Yankees in bWAR that year.

        • Pat D says:

          And Gossage in no way deserved to finish 3rd that year.

          • Tom Q says:

            Well, at the time he was viewed by many as an “unfair advantage” the Yankees had — Earl Weaver said at the time, when Gossage got in the game, you figured it was over. This was before the idea of the strictly 9th inning closer had become common. And his absence the previous year, after the Cliff Johnson shower incident, had been thought to have hobbled the team. Plus it was probably the Goose’s best year in pinstripes.

            The press campaign for Randolph probably was a case of them inadvertently using the kind of stats they’d try and dismiss today. they spoke in terms of walks and runs scored, which didn’t show up in a lot of MVP talk. But the voters didn’t buy.

  49. Loverbay's herpes sore says:

    Oh lyle wtf

  50. JMK says:

    Chris Stewart is awful. How did this happen?

  51. The Real Greg says:

    Tough to judge this start from Pettitte. He has struggled with his location at times in this start but other than that HR to Butler has been okay.

  52. Pat D says:

    Pettitte’s kid is not in Keith Law’s Top 100 draft prospects. I’m guessing he’s better off going to Baylor.

    In other news, I finally saw Trouble with the Curve. If you thought the baseball stuff in Moneyball was bad……well it was about twenty times worse in TWTC.

  53. WhittakerWalt says:

    “Here’s Chris Stewart, who popped up a bunt last time.”


  54. Pat D says:

    Charge the mound, Stewie!!

  55. Dalek Jeter says:

    Okay…how many more days until Nunie gets DL’d?

    • forensic says:

      Well, tomorrow’s a week, so they’re getting close since they’ve wasted the mandatory half the DL time with dead roster space.

  56. WhittakerWalt says:

    What’s lamer: Royals fans who boo Cano, or Orioles fans who boo Teixeira?

  57. Loverbay's herpes sore says:

    They always boo Cano why is that john ?

  58. forensic says:

    Yeah Wells!!!

  59. The Real Greg says:

    Oh Vernon Wells…..

  60. Loverbay's herpes sore says:

    The bronx is vernon!

  61. YankeesJunkie says:

    Vernon Wells making me eat crow and loving every bite

  62. Eddard says:

    Could be another comeback win and 1 run game. The pen is set up if Andy can get through 6. Preston, DRob and Mo 7-8-9.

  63. WhittakerWalt says:

    6 strikeouts for Andy. Let’s keep this going.

  64. Loverbay's herpes sore says:

    Finally he got the ginger out

  65. forensic says:

    I love how so many people have completely bought into this excuse of Wells trying too hard for his contract and that’s the only reason he struggled.

    So, let me get this straight, he signed the extension in the winter of 2006. So, he tried too hard in 2007, but didn’t try in 2008, then tried too hard again in 2009, then didn’t try again in 2010, then tried too hard again in 2011 and 2012 for a team that didn’t even sign him to the contract?


  66. Loverbay's herpes sore says:

    This is all romines fault
    Andy can see him in the dugout.

  67. forensic says:

    According to gameday, Cain just walked after only 3 balls…

  68. vicki says:

    somebody’s got to go in spikes high on eliot johnson.

  69. forensic says:

    After a yuck inning from the Yankees (despite two baserunners), it sure was kind of KC to return the favor in kind.

  70. trr says:

    Just got back from a children’s party.. Ugh!

  71. Pat D says:

    That’s the angriest I’ve seen Cano maybe ever.

  72. Dalek Jeter says:

    Why did Suzyn just ‘WOAH’ right before they cut away to commercial?!

    • The Real Greg says:

      Probably thought Cano was going to get thrown out, He was talking with the home plate ump.

      He has had a low strike zone tonight for both teams.

  73. Anderson Silva says:

    that was clearly not a strike

  74. forensic says:

    Ugh, Cano, terrific numbers against Shields coming into the game. Wish some of them had shown up today.

    And then going to commercial it sounded like they were going to say someone got ejected. Please tell me it wasn’t Cano doing something stupid…

  75. JMK says:

    Missed the pitch – was it a strike or a terrible call?

  76. JMK says:

    Jesus, there’s no way that’s a strike. This ump should be canned.

  77. forensic says:

    7 very nice innings Pettitte. Nice to see you rebounding. Guess they banished Romine back into the clubhouse after the 4th inning…

  78. The Real Greg says:

    Nice job by Pettitte to squeeze a 7th inning in there.

  79. trr says:

    Horseshit call WTF do they get these umps?

  80. mustang says:

    Well Andy is done. Yes the end totally going down hill. Just too old.

    Wait a minute say what…

  81. forensic says:

    Wish it was a 2-run lead instead of one. Then I’d feel much more comfortable leaving Pettitte in there for at least part of the 8th. There isn’t much power for the first two guys coming up, but it’s still a tough decision.

    • mustang says:

      Wish it was 10 run lead instead 2 and I would also like a 2013 porsche 911 carrera 4s cabriolet as long as I’m wishing.

      • forensic says:

        Is there any point to this? It’s a realistic comment, if they could avoid using Robertson today then he’d be available tomorrow, now he likely won’t be.

        I have to ask, do you make any comments other than sarcasm bashing made-up comments that no one has actually made? Winless on the road trip? No one said that. Pettitte being done? No one said that.

        • mustang says:

          Chill just making fun because unless they up 20 with an all-star at every base your not happy.

          Never said anything about winless on the road trip.

          If you were on the last Andy game thread he was all, but done.

          Robertson didn’t pitch yesterday so I’m sure he will be Ok for tomorrow if not they will find a way or have you not being paying attention to the recurring theme of this team.

          Sorry for the sarcasm I will take down a bit.

          • forensic says:

            Sarcasm is fine (hell, it’s not my blog, do whatever you want I guess unless Mike says something), but my comment was realistic. And it’s just not true that I’m not happy unless they’re up 20 with an all-star everywhere. I’m very happy they’re on their way to taking the first two games against a team that was playing pretty well coming in (and as I type this Mo makes it REALLY interesting, but gets out of it, whew). You’re basing this all on the Houston series, which isn’t treated like all others.

            I was likely somewhere around for Pettitte’s last game, but don’t remember it being that bad. Maybe I missed it, or part of it. I’m sure you (and others, it’s certainly not just you) have made comments sarcastically bashing what was supposedly going to be a winless road trip.

            Even with yesterday off, Robertson (and now Mo too) will have pitched in 3 of the last 4 games, and it’s extremely rare for Girardi to use them 4 out of 5. With the DH on Monday too, they need to pick their battles, and you win the one you’re in position for right now. It just would’ve been nice had they had one extra run to maybe try to give Robertson the day off and have him available tomorrow.

            • mustang says:

              OK, fair enough I will admit I been a little hard on you for the Houston thing sorry. Although your a bit pessimistic for my taste your a good knowledgeable commenter which is why I’m here. So lets just leave it at that. I never said anything about a winless road trip, but I’m very happy with having 4 wins on this difficult 8 game road trip.

  82. The Real Greg says:

    So he did only walk on 3 balls. And nobody in the park caught it.

  83. Anderson Silva says:

    D-Rob, that was not fair at all.

  84. mustang says:

    Wow…. beautiful !!!

  85. Pat D says:

    Candy-colored clown……

  86. OldYanksFan says:

    Mo’a last blown save in KC….

  87. Pat D says:

    Let’s not make this any more interesting, Mo. Please.

  88. Anderson Silva says:

    Mo looks vulnerable today.. command seems a bit off. Comon!!

  89. Pat D says:

    Why did they just play The Ultimate Warrior’s music?

  90. The Real Greg says:


  91. Karl Krawfid says:

    Game time baby!

  92. Anderson Silva says:

    that was close.. great W!

  93. OldYanksFan says:

    15 years an counting!!!!!!!!

  94. Eddard says:

    Whew, Mo didn’t have his pinpoint control today but he got through. Wells continues to be a brilliant pickup.

  95. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


    And they just keep on winning.

  96. forensic says:

    Whew!!! Nice job getting out of it Mo. Very nice first two wins here.

  97. mustang says:


    Didn’t get the old 4 run average per and another 1 run win..



  98. Pasta says:

    Vernon wells is good

  99. Vernon_is_the_man says:

    I have changed my handle since Cervelli is out. Vernon deserves it.

  100. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    If Nunez played in Boston, they would require more ‘grit’

  101. Jenny C says:

    sox and o’s losings, Yanks now in sole possession of First Place

  102. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    I’m just going to say it. I fucking love this team.

  103. hogsmog says:

    It is May 11, 2013, and the New York Yankees are in sole possession of 1st place in the AL east.

    Yes, I know it’s May, I know the standings mean nothing, etc, etc. But that is so, so much fun to say right now. I think I’ll say it again-

    It is May 11, 2013, and the New York Yankees are in sole possession of 1st place in the AL east.

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