A-Rod returns, but Pettitte doesn’t give Yankees a chance against White Sox

O'Brien hits walk-off homer, Avelino triples again in wins
Like it or not, A-Rod is back and the Yankees need him

I had a feeling this was a trap game. The White Sox came into Monday’s game losers of ten straight and with the second worst record in baseball, but that didn’t matter one bit. They took the series opener 8-1 and the game was over almost as soon as it started.

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

A-Rod Returns
With his record suspension just a few hours old, Alex Rodriguez made his season debut on Monday night. He went 1-for-4 with a strikeout at the plate, and the hit was a little jam shot bloop single to left that most non-Dayan Viciedo-level defenders catch with relative ease. His two batted ball outs were hit much harder — a fly ball just shy of the warning track in right-center and a fly ball at the warning track in left. He got jammed pretty good on the fly ball to left and still hit it pretty well, which was encouraging. I thought Alex looked fine defensively, though his throws kept sailing to the right of first base.

As expected, the ChiSox faithful booed A-Rod like the villain he is, and the boos carried over from his walk-up introduction right through each pitch of his at-bats. It wasn’t merciless booing, he’s certainly heard worse at home in Yankee Stadium, but it was just a taste of what he’ll hear the rest of the season. This was the passive and mostly indifferent crowd of a non-contender. Just wait until some non-Rays division rival crowd tears into him. It’ll be ugly, but A-Rod isn’t stupid. He knew this was coming and he’ll continue to go about his business. Sucks it’ll be such a sideshow though.

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Old Man Andy
The last two starts were so promising. Andy Pettitte held the Rangers to two runs in six innings, then he held the Dodgers to two runs in seven innings. Both starts on the road too. After two rough months off the DL, it appeared as though Pettitte was finally headed in the right direction. We couldn’t be any more wrong.

The White Sox, otherwise known as the worst offensive team in the AL, tagged Andy for seven runs on eleven hits (!) and one walk in just 2.2 innings of work. It looked like a tough luck outing at first because some softly hit balls were finding holes or deflecting off gloves, but that didn’t last very long. The ChiSox were squaring Pettitte up pretty well in the second and third innings. It was a massacre. He had nothing. Less than nothing, really.

So, instead of feeling good about someone finally emerging as a third reliable starter behind Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova, we’re left wondering just what in the heck is going on again. Is Pettitte still hurt? Is he just washed up at age 41? Was it just a bad night? You almost hope he’s hiding a minor injury because at least that would explain things. Pettitte was atrocious on Monday at a time when the team can’t afford him to be anything but rock solid. For the first time in his career, Andy is part of the problem.

Are those supposed to be signs of support, or ... ? (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)
Are those supposed to be signs of support, or … ? (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

The Yankees scored their only run on a Brett Gardner sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, at which point the game had been all but decided. They failed to score despite having runners at second and third with no outs in the second inning, which pretty much told everyone what kind of night it would be. Vernon Wells had a pretty great game (3-for-4 with two doubles) and that’s pretty much it. The Yankees scored no more than three runs for the fifth straight game and ninth time in their last eleven games.

Back-to-back sub-three inning starts will do a number on the bullpen, but it was rough watching Shawn Kelley throw 49 pitches (!) across two really laborious innings. It was the longest outing of his career and just the second time he’s thrown more than 30 pitches in an appearance since April. Throwing a lot of pitches isn’t necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, but a lot of high stress pitches is not ideal at all.

It wasn’t until Joba Chamberlain got into the game in the seventh that the Yankees retired a leadoff man, surprisingly. You can always count on Joba to do something inane. The pitching staff walked seven batters total — a season-high for the ChiSox — their fourth highest walk total of the season and their second highest total when throwing only eight innings. They walked nine Athletics in eight innings back in June.

With the start, A-Rod became the ninth different starting third baseman the Yankees used this season. That’s a new franchise record. Wells was the eighth different player to start a game at first base this year, though I have no idea if that’s any kind of record. I’m guessing no, first base can be a revolving door.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
MLB.com is the place to go for the box score and video highlights. FanGraphs has some more stats and the standings are at ESPN. Thanks to a clutch blown save by Chris Perez, the Yankees remain four games back of the second wildcard spot in the loss column. The division is just a pipe dream at this point, no to update that situation anymore.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
Same two teams on Tuesday night, when aces Kuroda and Chris Sale will toe the rubber for their respective teams. First Clayton Kershaw, now Sale. Poor Kuroda can’t get a decent matchup lately.

O'Brien hits walk-off homer, Avelino triples again in wins
Like it or not, A-Rod is back and the Yankees need him
  • Selig’s BanHammer (Temporarily Not Bob Buttons)


    The graph sure looks ugly.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso


      You’re still my favorite, Pettitte. Sorry that it has come to this.

      Clew, grab the shotgun.

    • forensic

      I like how it was almost fooled by A-Rod and Wells in the second inning, but then it, and we, were smacked right back into reality by the rest of that inning and game.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        I like how at the end it was such a sure thing that you can’t even see the green line on the graph.

      • Selig’s BanHammer (Temporarily Not Bob Buttons)


    • Selig’s BanHammer (Temporarily Not Bob Buttons)

      Kinda glad I didn’t buy the mlb.tv package a bit back during latest discount.

    • trr

      That graph, like the team, has flat-lined

  • forensic

    What a pitiful game. Back to back terrible ones from starters now. At least Kuroda is typically good at helping fix that. Just sucks that he keeps getting matched up with other aces.

    At just 3 games over .500, they’re now tied for their worst record since late April. They also hit it once at the end of June before they got to go sweep Minnesota. If they lose tomorrow, they’ll be at their lowest point since about mid-April, I believe. There’s a reason this Chicago team is terrible though, so we’ll see if the yanks can win 2. I’m not overly confident in them doing it though.

    It does feel better, to me at least, having A-Rod back out there, even though so far I only got to see MLBN look-ins at his AB’s.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      I dropped Franklin this week. You infected him.

      • forensic

        Lol, I’m not quite at that point yet, though sitting 2 straight games with an 0-24 streak out there is annoying. My league is way too deep and he’ll likely be snatched right up if I dropped him. Not ready for that yet.

        I am close to dropping Ackley though. He was hitting ok after he was called back up and his positional flexibility was big for me as a backup for guys sitting, but he’s dropped off again and may not be worth the positions anymore.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Just wait until some non-Rays division rival crowd tears into him.

    Excellent line.

  • stuart a

    Mike never comments on Cano’s act.. It is strictly #’s with him. Cano not hustling and the effect that has on the team never gets a mention.

    At this point is Nunez just a bad player? I mean the guy has played parts of what 3 or 4 seasons and he still is a mad hacker with almost no power, who swings at junk often. If he is not an above avg hitter he has no value because he is not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer with his baseball accumen…

    seriosuly besides Kuroda who is overachieving or playing to the back of the card on this team??RObertson and Mo I guess. Kelly and claiborne and that is it….offensively give me a name.

    at this point gardner is OK, he can steal some bases, and fields well, and he is hitting 270, so he is a slightly above league avg player…THAT IS IT..

    • Guns

      Is Nunez just a bad player? Is that a serious question? Have you watched him in the major leagues? Have you looked at his minor league numbers?

    • Selig’s BanHammer (Temporarily Not Bob Buttons)

      1) I don’t think his work ethic or clubhouse presence is a minus.

      2) He can fake SS, has some pop and speed. For SS that’s kinda at least average.

      3) Have to concede that to ya.

      4) He gets on base at .350 clip, top tier speed (stealing less is partially trying to give his team chance to hit), and annual fielding bible contender. I’d say he’s clearly above average.

    • Kiko Jones

      Have you heard of a guy named Ivan Nova?

    • Mikhel

      Ichiro has also been fine, though considering his lifetime stats he is underachieving.

      His 0.270 AVG would sit well batting 1st, 2nd or 9th where he can get on base, steal second, advance with a bunt and be on 3rd base with 1 out and ready to score. Instead he has been used as a 5th, 6th or 7th bat where he will go nowhere because JoeG never sends a steal sign, almost never bunts and even if he did, it would mean that the 9th hitter would have to hit a long flyball and well, they can barely put the barrel of the bat in the ball, much less put it into play.

      JoeG is managing as if everybody in this lineup is hitting 0.330 AVG with 40 homeruns. Then again his tenure as manager is characterized by low OBP teams with low AVG, high K/9 ratios and overused bullpens. He is better fit to manage a team full of superstars who destroy the ball, he got stuck in the mid 90s when the Yankees could defeat every single rival; nowadays the Yankees only win when they get lucky.

      In any other league, or in any other team, JoeG would be gone by now, he is mediocre at best. His teams bat as classic JoeG in his time as a player.

  • Guns

    Nothing is a “trap game” when you’re one if the worst teams in the AL. Teams look forward to playing the Yankees.

    • Mikhel

      Just of the AL?

  • stuart a

    yanks do not seem to think nunez is bad. and they did not want to trade him for cliff lee about 4 years ago also.

    i mean he has not improved at all.

    plate discipline is so important and very few guys have it…

    i mean being a fan of this team will not be easy the next few years, they have a lot of crude on this team…think of the underachieving guys; joba, hughes, nunez, cc(may be toast), cano(not a superstar), and on and on.

    pettitte is gone for sure.. mo is gone. jeter who the hell knows.. the likeable players on thsi team next year may be non existent…

    if crapo is the face of the franchise they are in big big trouble.. think ricky henderson and dave winfield, alot of playoff games during that era or error…

    • BigBlueAL

      I know you hate Cano but you do realize he is the greatest 2B in franchise history. If he stays (which I certainly hope he does) he will even further that legacy and could eventually become a borderline HOFer.

      He is a homegrown player who has improved alot since his rookie year. He is never hurt and plays all the time. He deserves a helluva lot more appreciation that what you and all the people who call him lazy give him.

      • Jonathan

        He has a chance to be a HOF lock…..and will most likely be at least a borderline candidate.

      • murakami


        They have no idea what we have in Cano.

      • Kiko Jones

        Right there with ya, Big Blue AL.

      • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)


      • stuart a

        he still dogs it, you can’t deny that you change the conversation.

        cano dogs it, and he shouldn’t and since you cannot argue that point you bring up other stuff.

        it is called a wasted talent. he has never carried the yanks to the playoffs. he has been a passenger msot of his career. afraud carried the yanks in 2007 and dominated in the playoffs in 2009. cano never carried the team. sure he is carrying a 3 game above 500 team until recently this year, but do it game in and game out and achieve something not so much.

        not playing hard is infectious just like the opposite, cano does not make the managers life any easier or set a good example for others when he does his shit.. and girardi mever pkcalls him on that…and that is terrible….

        • BigBlueAL

          Cano last year in Sep/Oct hit .347/.418/.581 including getting 24 hits in his last 9 games. Last year was the first real pennant race the Yankees had since 2005 when coincidentally as a rookie Cano hit .384/.395/.634 in Sep/Oct. So basically in the only 2 years where the Yankees were actually playing for their playoff lives in the final month of the season during his career Cano was amazing.

          Cano since 2009 has missed a total of 7 games while being by far the best player at his position. Poor Girardi having to manage such a wasted talent like that.

          • Coolerking101

            I think Cano is the greatest Yankee second baseman of all time, but also recognize that the guy dogs it for no good reason so often that it gets noticed.

            As for the numbers you’ve just listed, I call bullsh!t. You can’t talk about the guy carrying the team in Sept/Oct last year and then forget to mention he went 3 for 40 in the playoffs.

      • Mikhel

        woa woa woa woa!!!!

        He is not better than Randolph, Lazzeri and Joe Gordon.

        I guess you never saw Randolph play and that’s the reason why you think Canó is better when his fielding is sub-par when compared to Willie.

        Randolph could hit in a time where batting 0.270 was good, he could field like there was no tomorrow, and could run and steal bases like the best of his time, heck he ended his career as a Yankee with more than 8 times the steals Robinson has nowadays, 250+ to Canó’s 30+ steals.

        This season as every season, his stats are padded by a few good weeks where he bats 0.600+ AVG but follows each week with two or three weeks batting less than 0.200 AVG, and sure enough at the end it all averages and finishes with a good AVG which is non-representative of the reality.

        • BigBlueAL

          You just mentioned the 3 greatest 2B in Yankee history along with Cano. According to you Randolph is better because he stole more bases and hit over 30 pts lower for BA but it is OK because he played in the late 70’s thru 1990. Randolph was excellent defensively but Cano is pretty damn good himself.

          You mentioned WAR below, well Cano has already had 3 seasons with a WAR better than Randolph’s best season. Not knocking Randolph, he was the 2B when I was growing up watching the Yankees in the 1980’s. He and Guidry were the only players I watched as a little kid who played with the 1977-78 champs and I knew that and was always in awe of them because they had won a WS. Cano is already the 2B franchise leader in HR. If he stays he will have every 2B career franchise record offensively except for SB which you are obviously very fond of. Even if he doesnt stay I would still argue he is the greatest 2B in Yankee history.

        • WhittakerWalt

          I loved Willie. He was one of my favorites growing up. So don’t pull that BS “I guess you never watched him play” stuff on me. Cano is simply better. Yeah, he stole more bases. Vince Coleman stole more bases than Babe Ruth. Total straw man argument.

  • stuart a

    Yankees RISP: 0-11 (C Granderson 0-3, E Nunez 0-1, I Suzuki 0-2, B Gardner 0-1, V Wells 0-1, A Soriano 0-2, A Rodriguez 0-1)

    par for the course….

  • Gonzo

    When’s the last time the Royals had a better record than the Yankees this late in the season? Early 90’s or am I missing a sneaky season?

    • BigBlueAL

      Would imagine 1991 since thats the last season they finished with a better record than the Yankees.

  • greg

    Be interesting to see if the Yanks finish over .500.

    • 24/7/365 A-Rod

      It is certainly no lock. Their starting pitching held them in there early on, but with CC and Pettitte joining Hughes on the #5 starter train, I can certainly see them dropping below .500.

  • BigBlueAL

    If this slide continues I certainly hope come September the Yankees play all the “kids” they can. Romine, Adams, Mesa, Almonte if he is healthy, call up Musty and even Murphy. Get Betances innings out of the bullpen.

    Because watching this team out of contention in September wont be fun if we still have to watch Stewart, Nix, Wells, Ichiro and even Overbay get at-bats.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    Those A-Rod signs confuse the Hell out of me too. What are they trying to get at?

    • Selig’s BanHammer (Temporarily Not Bob Buttons)

      Still better than Jest Jets fans.

  • Dan

    The only punishment that’s both adequate and not excessive is A-Rod getting hit in the groin no less than either 50 times right away or 10 times whenever Derek Jeter decides (no cup). I hope the arbitrator chooses this punishment.

    • Lukaszek

      Is there anything left to hit after all those years of steroid abuse?

      I’d imagine his groin looks like a pair of dried grapes

  • mustang(The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Low point for me and still IF they take the next 2 they finish the road trip at .500.

    Until they get to 10 over .500 can’t really take this team seriously and I just don’t see any way that’s possible.

    Still have to give them some credit with the injuries and the guys they use to fill them they should even be where they are at now.

  • 24/7/365 A-Rod

    And tomorrow will be better than today.

    Buster keeps saying so.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Yep, sure gonna be great watching the roid freak get booed out of the park for a .500 team for two months. The pro-crowd is spot on!

  • your mom

    I can’t wait for this team to drop under .500 because I want to see how many people actually commit suicide. Myself included.

    • your mom

      No DOTF. . . . . . . . quick, someone check on Mike!

      • vicki

        weird, it was there earlier. o’brien walk-off, avelino triple. glitch in the matrix.

  • stuart a

    when I comment about Cano’s utter lack of effort what I get back is that he is the best 2B in Yankee history. Notice no 1 ever denies that he does not hustle. I disagree but when he barely runs on a weak grounder to 2nd the odds of his effort affecting the play is miniscule but his lack of effort from the start tonight cost them an out.

    all I get is how talented Cano is..He is a losing player, winning players with that ability try msot of the time. Not even asking him to try all the time just most of it, but nah. it is below him.. after all he puts up such great numbers.. That is a losing player. BTW the star is hitting about 280 and has less extra base hits then Alfonso soriano and I think 5 more extra base hits then Brett Gardner. Not exactly ROgers Hornsby…

    but go along with your delusion that giving away outs and AB’s have no effect on the team…

    • Mikhel

      I still like W. Randolph a lot more than Canó, and what do you know? SABRMetrics is with me, Randolph had a 51.6 WAR in almost 1700 games, Canó has a 34.8 WAR in a bit over 1300 games.

      • stuart a

        but why did willie run hard on balls hit to the outfield. did he not know running hard is optional…

        cano is the best of all time just ask his groupies. how could the yankees go on without cano…who thinks he is better then he is..

        off the top of my head players better or more valuable then cano include; cabrera, trout, machado, molina, posey, harper, mccutcheon, beltre(maybe), longoria, and joey votto. that is to start others may or may not be better/more valuable then king cano…

        • WhittakerWalt

          None of them are 2nd basemen, moron.

  • stuart a

    cano 28th in WAR season to date, he is slightly ahead of ben zobrist… behind juicer peralta..

    kipnis is ahead of him for 2b……

    kyle seagar is ahead of him also….

    • BigBlueAL

      I know I shouldnt continue this debate because its a waste of time with you but its late and Im still awake so screw it.

      You do realize Cano last year was 2nd in WAR in the AL only behind Trout. He was also 2nd in WAR in the AL in 2010 only behind Hamilton. Heck even in as far back as 2007 Cano that year was 5th in the AL in WAR.

      Even this season if you just look at position players in a down year for Cano he is still 9th and if he hits like he usually does for rest of the season he will probably finish in the Top 5 again.

      In the last 4 years Cano has been top 10 in the AL in offensive WAR every season and in 2007 he actually finished 1st in the AL in defensive WAR. So it hasnt been just all offensive value for Cano during his career.

      You want to continue to harp on him not hustling fine whatever. But dont try to also make it seem like he isnt really that good a player. He has been by WAR the 2nd best player in the AL in 2 of the last 3 seasons. So again stick to the tired no hustle, bad body language or whatever stuff but dont start trying to diminish how good a player Cano is and has been statistically.

      • WhittakerWalt

        stuart is right about one thing: Cano doesn’t always hustle. I wish that wasn’t true, but it is. But this one thing does not make any of stuart’s other bullshit valid.

  • BigBlueAL

    I would like to say that even though I have vehemently defended Cano in this thread from 2 haters I totally understand not wanting to pay Cano a crazy contract. I want him to stay and think it would be foolish to let him go but I wont argue too much with people not wanting to have another long-term contract that could turn out to be horrible towards the end of the deal. Totally understand that line of thinking.

    But not wanting to pay him a huge contract after this season does not change the fact he has been a great player for the majority of his career. We always complain about no longer having homegrown players who are any good yet Cano has turned out to be the best homegrown player the Yankees have produced since the glory years of the mid to late 1990’s. He has become the best 2B in baseball. He might not always hustle but he never gets hurt, has played in almost every game for the past 6 seasons and hasnt been a problem off the field.

    People wanted to trade him for prospects. We could only dream that one of those prospects would have come close to becoming the player Cano is today. He certainly isnt above criticism. Hell on Sunday I was ripping him for his 6 for 44 slump which has made his season go from being on pace to being his best ever to possibly being his worst since 2008 which was easily his worst season ever. That season Girardi benched him late in the season for not hustling.

    But I will say this, I cant think of a Yankee who has had to carry as much of the burden on offense as Cano has had to this season. I honestly cant think of a Yankee team so dependent on 1 player offensively. Since when, Bobby Murcer in the early 70’s?? Munson before Reggie got to NY?? I grew up with Mattingly being amazing but he had Winfield all those years plus Rickey Henderson too. All the teams since 1993 have had many players on the team who were very good offensively. Arod had his MVP seasons in 2005 and 2007 but he certainly had help in the lineup.

    Its easy to take out all of the frustrations of this current horrible offense on Cano because he is the best player on the team now and that comes with the territory especially with how poor he has been hitting the past 2 weeks. But shit he has been a Yankee since 2005 and has exceeded everyone’s expectations of him as a player. We went from watching Miguel Cairo and Tony Womack playing 2B after Soriano was traded to being able to watch for the past 9 seasons arguably the greatest 2B in Yankee history. Not too bad.

    • Craig Sagermetrics

      This man speaks the truth.

      Cano is an excellent player both with the glove and the bat. Yes, he could stand to learn a thing or two from the captain (or any Little League coach) and leg out infield gounders and especially outfield gappers, but his lack of hustle doesn’t negate the overwhelming positive contributions he has made to this team. I do understand the uneasiness about offering a mega-deal though.

    • fat jeter

      to me its is much less of a performance issue with cano and much more of a personality issue. he simply doesn’t strike me as the type of personality to build a team around. he seems to be be more interested in looking good out there than playing hard. i fucking can’t believe i am saying this, but that sawed off fucker pedroia is 10 times the leader cano will ever be and is the type of guy you overpay to lock up. please don’t get it confused, cano outperforms pretty much across the board, but in regard to some of those intangibles we love to laud on guys like jeter, cano comes up pretty short. regardless, cano will get at least an 7 or 8 year deal with max money and in 3 or 4 years we will all regret it.

    • OldYanksFan

      Very well stated.
      The only issues pertaining to resigning Cano are:
      … How much ‘extra’ are we willing to lose in order to make Cano a lifetime Yankee?
      … Since FAs are ALWAYS overpriced (especially in years), are the Yankees best suited to go that route with Cano?
      … Will the Yankees be competitive in 2014 and 2015. If NOT, than signing Cano is somewhat wasted.
      … If we do NOT sign Robbie, what other elite FAs can we use that money on in 2014 or 2015?

      Frankly, I think Cano is actually worth somewhere around $160m-$170m. That is somewhere around 30 WAR over the life of the contract. My guess is he will cost more. However, we are the Yankees, and we will suffer thru 2014 so the FO can save a bunch of money, so maybe we ‘deserve’ to keep Robbie. And at least the 3 BIG contracts should be done by the time Cano starts declining.

      Saving $27.5m on the 2014 Tax cap is a BIG bonus. It does change things a bit.

      Like some here, I do NOT believe that the Steinettes are going to go cheap in the future. By ‘saving’ money on payroll, they will lose more on attendance and TV revenues, as well are degrading the value of the franchise. I think H&H know this.

      I believe 2014 is a one time thing, based on the current state of the CBA and where the Yankees are at. We may not need a total ‘rebuild’, but we obviously need a serious ‘retooling’. Stepping back in 2014 and reassessing the way they will do business going forward, is a good idea.

      The model for building a team we used in the last decade will not work anymore. The FO needs to come up with a new modus operandi, and I believe we will see that in 2015 going forward.

    • papa

      my dislike for keeping Cano is not only the money, but if we keep to the 189 budget Cano is the last player on this team I want the young players coming up to pattern themselves after. I dout many of them will have his talent to make up for his being so lazy

  • dkidd

    texas needs a righty outfielder

    would soriano clear waivers?

  • Bavarian Yankee

    no DOTF? :(

  • trr

    In what was a must win game, the team was non-competitive from the start. Disturbing, to say the least. With each game, it becomes clearer and clearer that this team is a non- contender, and our focus should be next year

    • Craig Sagermetrics

      I’m trying so hard not to feel this way, but every game I turn on and watch the Yanks quickly get themselves in a 3-0, 5-0, 7-0 hole the more I start to accept the reality of this season. I still have a shred of hope left though!

  • nycsportzfan

    Anyone know anything about Miguel Andujar? The super young 3B on the DSL2 team with Torrens. Kid was born in 1995 for godsake! Man, i’m getting old..lol But anyhow, seems like a player, but never heard of em, and was wondering if anyone had anything on the kid?

  • Captain Turbo

    When A-Rod hits a few dingers and gets the team back in the hunt suddenly everyone who wanted him gone is going to be very quiet.

    • Craig Sagermetrics

      Except that’s not going to happen, at all.

      I mean sure, he’s gonna hit a few homers (and yes, he’s still using PEDs because what the heck does he have to lose) and hopefully help the Yanks win some games. The idea that Alex is going to carry this flawed team on his back right into the midst of the playoff hunt is quite silly IMO.

      And I would hope those who want him gone, myself included, would cheer whatever he has left to contribute to this season (which, as optimistic as I’m trying to be, seems to be slipping further and further out of reach).

    • fat jeter

      It’s gonna take a hell of a lot more than a few dingers from alex to breathe life into this dead team. part of winning is making sure the other team doesn’t score. CC, Hughes, and Pettite have not given this team a fighting chance.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Re the Cano comments above: He’s great offensively and defensively, and durable, and yes he doesn’t hustle out of the box which is outrageous. The real issue is deeper: What is his value to the team from now forward in terms of winning a championship? He’s going to decline, that’s inevitable, probably 2-3 years from now. What goofd is having him around without the other pieces to win? We should have traded him pre-July 31 and started to re-stock.

  • Coolerking101

    His value is that he’s the difference between the Yankees being a bad offensive club and a HISTORICALLY bad offensive club. More importantly, to the Steinbrenners, he’s a marquee name that can bring people to the park and viewers to YES.

    If the Steinbrenners cared about winning over all else, they would have accepted that this team is not going anywhere and would have traded Cano at the deadline for a serious haul (with the hope of re-signing him in the off-season). In doing so, they could have added an elite, ready for the bigs-bat that could help them in 2014, plus at least one other top prospect. Instead, this team is going to limp into oblivion, without a single elite prospect ready for the bigs in 2014.

  • OldYanksFan

    I’m not sure why people are concerned about 2014.
    2014 WILL be a lost year.
    There will be no Post Season for us.
    The concern is 2015, when the $189 is gone, and we will have money to spend, and may have some help from the Farm.

  • Ken

    Pettite’s best bet is to show some pride. Pride in himself, pride of the Yankees. I’ve mentioned this before, and I know many of you, if not most,disagree with me. But I don’t shave and put on my clean shirt after work, I do it before work. I go to my job looking my best. So should Andy Pettite. In this day of HDTV, all those old whiskers just make him look old, so shave them off. Put the best face forward when you go out there in that Yankee’s uniform. You can continue to shave after the game if hanging out in the locker room with the other guys means so much. but look your best when you stand on that mound representing the Yankees and Andy Pettite. Try it once- what is there to lose?