Sep
28

Game 161: Andy’s Last Start

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For the last time in his career, Andy Pettitte will start a Major League game tonight. He is retiring after the season and, after making his final Yankee Stadium start last weekend, will wrap-up his borderline Hall of Fame career at home in Houston. Pettitte lives in the area and spent three years pitching for the Astros, so things worked out pretty well for him. Coincidentally, he will also be making his 438th career start in pinstripes, tying Whitey Ford for the most in franchise history. Pretty neat. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Paul “don’t call be Rogers” Clemens:

  1. CF Curtis Granderson
  2. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. RF Zoilo Almonte
  7. DH Ichiro Suzuki
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound for one last time is Andy Pettitte. Maybe it’s just me, but this doesn’t seem to have the same luster as it would have had he not retired once before. Still going to sad to see him go.

It is hot, humid, and raining in Houston. Luckily, Minute Maid Park has a roof. We’ll have baseball tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy the penultimate game of the season.

Mariano Rivera Update: Rivera said he was pitching with “tremendous soreness” in his forearm down the stretch. He won’t pitch against this season and is unlikely to play center field as well.

Injury Update: Alex Rodriguez (hamstring, calf) is unlikely to play at all this weekend. With his appeal hearing set to start Monday and a lengthy suspension on the horizon, it’s fair to think he may have already played the final game of his career.

Rotation Update: Girardi confirmed that Hiroki Kuroda has been shut down and will not pitch tomorrow even though he lines up for the game. David Huff is likely to get the ball, at least until the parade of September call-ups close out the season.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Kenny

    After pitching tonight, he should throw the first (real) pitch tomorrow to give him the most starts in Yankees history.

  • Betty Lizard

    Aw, I didn’t know Andy was going to tie with Whitey Ford for most starts in Yankees history. That’s terrific, especially as Whitey Ford and Andy Pettitte are my two favorite Yankees pitchers.

  • CashmanNinja

    I think it’s great to tie with Whitey instead of try to surpass him with a 1 pitch “start” tomorrow. Andy is the type of player who likes to earn what he gets and doesn’t want things handed to him. I think it would mean *much* more to him to tie Whitey than it would be to surpass him for nothing but a ploy.

    And surprising Mo was pitching with his arm hurting that much. I wish I could see him in the outfield, but if he’s content of not playing out the season then that’s ok too.

    • Pseudoyanks

      It’s the best tie ever, indeed. I have an autographed baseball of Whitey. He is a class act.

  • JGYank

    Well I guess we saw Mo for the last time. I thought we would see him this series. Glad Pettitte is a making his last start in his hometown. Hopefully he pitches great and goes out with a bang. Any particular reason for shutting Kuroda down?

  • Selective Amnesia

    Yeah, it was surprising to hear Mo say he was hurting. It was a perfect to end it in NY though.

    Glad Andy is pitching in his home state and I hope the Yankee bats are lively tonight. It would be nice if Andy could go out with a win

    • David N

      He certainly wasn’t pitching like he was hurting.

  • forensic

    Maybe it’s just me, but this doesn’t seem to have the same luster as it would have had he not retired once before.

    Also since he left for three years.

    Still don’t agree with him being included with Jeter, Mo, etc. for that reason.

    • CashmanNinja

      You’re seriously the most negative fan I’ve seen — and that’s saying something considering some of the fair weather fans that are here. He left because he wanted to be with his family. You can’t fault him for that. Plus don’t forget how Steinbrenner tried hard to have Pettitte traded in the late 90’s to the Phillies. Oh, and Pettitte signed with the Astros because the Yanks didn’t re-sign him. How is that his fault? He came back later on, but the Yanks did not go out of their way to re-sign Andy. So how is it his fault he left in the first place? He’s been a Yankee for a long time — 15 years. Posada had what was it? 16 or 17 years? He’s included in that group without a moments hesitation. Tied for the most starts in Yankee history. Enough said.

      • forensic

        How is not including him with lifelong Yankees being negative???

        It’s a fact, he left. It didn’t fault him or say it was his fault, but it happened. And as Mike said, he’s also already retired once and skipped another whole season because of that.

        I don’t like terms like ‘core four’ anyway, but I’m not going to include him in groups with lifelong Yankees.

        If you want to ignore those years and do it, then that’s your prerogative. It’s also my choice to look at him and his situation as I choose.

        And that has nothing to do with my negativity or someone else’s positivity.

        • Farewell Mo

          He’s as much a core Yankee as anyone, 3 years in Texas or not.

    • Mike M

      Andy didn’t leave, the Yankees chose to pursue Gary Sheffield instead of offering him a new contract.

  • vicki

    a-rod, with a whimper. sigh.

    re luster and andy, i think he’s been robbed of his rightful magic moments since the yankees let him walk. i feel his imminent loss as much as mo’s.

    • SDB

      I don’t think he’s wanted those sort of ‘magic moments’ like that, he always seemed more the sort who’d just leave quietly in the offseason.

      But I’m glad Mo talked him into announcing his retirement now rather than after his last pitching outing, and I’m glad he had those moments on Thursday too. Very, very classy of the Rays btw to not take the field after Pettitte removed Mo, and to give him a few minutes for his own ovation.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        The Rays on-field personnel as well as their broadcasting did a pretty marvelous job with regards to Thursday night. I was impressed.

  • forensic

    I bet Girardi was getting the shakes after not having Stewart appear in either of the last two games.

    That was the first time Stewart hadn’t played at all in two straight games (not including DH days) since…

    June 2-3!!!

    That’s just way too much Chris Stewart.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Bexy is crying somewhere.

    • forensic

      There’s a name from the past.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        The Mickey Scheister version and bexy.

        It’s fun thinking back to who some of the regs were back around 2009-2010.

  • vicki

    this game does have some significance beyond his tying whitey. andy is 10-11. with a no decision or a loss he’d register the first losing season of his career.

    • Selective Amnesia

      Not having a losing season would be an impressive feat. I hope the offense shows up.

    • Betty Lizard

      Can’t have that! Off to sacrifice a . . . tofu?

      • Selective Amnesia

        Tofu would be good… The team curdled in the end.

        • Betty Lizard

          Winning . . . Losing . . . Both are empty of inherent existence, Grasshopper.

          That said, let’s crush them.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Andy getting squeezed and getting no help from the offense.

  • vicki

    little dude is fast.

  • WhittakerWalt

    FUUUUUCK

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Carapazza’s K-zone really beginning to piss me off.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    51 pitches in five innings? Talk about checking out.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Yeah, they’re hacking.

  • Selective Amnesia

    Seems like a ton of popup outs.

  • forensic

    That was weird, how do you cut the back of your hand in the middle of a pitch?

  • NYPLATOONS

    When you can’t hit off a guy called Paul Clemens you got problems. Big problems! Keep running trash out there Yankees. I need ya to win two games 85!!!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    :|

  • Wheels

    Robbie padding those stats.

  • Selective Amnesia

    Go Nunie! Go Robbie! They tied it…. Will they score more?

    Weird about that cut on his hand… Did him in, we were just talking about how few pitches Clemens had thrown. Now he’s out.

  • vicki

    little dude can field too.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    What the hell was that?

  • forensic

    Wow, watching this series, you can understand how they can get a 0.0 TV rating for a game.

  • BFDeal

    I bet Stewart can’t do that.

  • Selective Amnesia

    Wow, never seen that before. Too funny!

  • Wheels

    ha, wow.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    That will go down as a first for me.

  • SDB

    A LEAD!

    all hands on deck to protect this!

  • SDB

    Chris Stewart is no longer the worst catcher in the game. Thanks!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Chris Stewart 2-3 in garbage time…

    ….WHERE WAS THIS EARLIER?

  • Selective Amnesia

    81 pitches, have a quick inning Andy.

  • hogsmog

    I hope they let Andy push for one more inning, and let Mo save him…

    • forensic

      Everyone has already said Mo isn’t pitching anymore.

      • forensic

        It’s impressive how I replied before hogsmog even posted his comment.

        Obviously the issue with the comment times and numbers hasn’t been fixed yet.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Mo ain’t coming out. It would probably be Robertson or someone else.

  • forensic

    Geez, talk about not being prepared and not thinking ahead as a Manager.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Jesus christ, I know Bo Porter is a rookie manager, but this is totally silly.

    Wasn’t the Portergate incident enough?

  • Wheels

    Well done, Andy.

  • Dan in Athens

    I hope Girardi lets him go out to warm up and then gets him so he can get the recognition he deserves.

  • Darren

    Great to see Andy go out in style.

    On a side note, Derek Jeter (2012 version) is a better defensive shortstop than Brendan Ryan. Ryan hasn’t two straight games without a bobble or misplay of some sort. His excellent range doesn’t make up for that.

    • Alkaline

      …What?

      • vicki

        consider the source.

        • Darren

          Whatever. Do you watch the games or just follow them on your phone? try watching them, you’ll see what I’m talking about. I’d rather have a SS that makes just about every single routine play and has very little range than a SS than can make the incredible play but bobbles an easy ball almost every game like Ryan.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

            Ryan has 1 error as a Yankee.
            I’ll take the SS that gets the most outs.
            That’s Ryan.
            And it’s not remotely close.

            • Darren

              Nice double standard! For 10 years people have been saying that you can’t consider errors when rating Jeter, since he doesn’t get to enough balls, therefor resulting in less errors. ok.

              Ryan has had about 10 misplays, maybe not errors, but misplays.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

                You can’t consider just errors, because it ignores range. Nobody in their right mind would argue that Ryan doesn’t have vastly superior range than Jeter. He also typically has similar error totals as Jeter.

                As for 10 misplays – maybe if you include bobbles where he still gets the out. There’s no way he’s cost them 10 outs. Maybe 3-5. And Jeter messes up some routine plays as well. So maybe, worst case, he’s cost them 2 or 3 outs on relatively routine plays over what Jeter would have. And that’s probably a stretch. I’d say he’s easily gained them at least 10 outs on range plays that Jeter doesn’t even come close to.

          • vicki

            dude, could you be any weirder.

            • Darren

              It was a serious question. I thought you worked at a bar and followed the game on your phone. Apologies if I’m mistaken. But there’s a lot of people nowadays who go on and on and on about stats and never even watch any games.

              • vicki

                i don’t miss a pitch.

                • Darren

                  Watching on TV?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      lol

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Bravo pitching performance.

    Can’t say the same for the guy behind Stewart.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Send him back out for the 9th.

  • CashmanNinja

    I really hope Girardi lets Andy just go out and complete this. That’s the way to go out. He has no reason to save his arm, the season is over, let him end his career on a high note in front of his family.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      The words Chris & Carter worry me about letting him go 9.

  • Alkaline

    Let Mo save this. One last time.

  • CashmanNinja

    Girardi better let Andy finish it up. I don’t care if he’s gassed. Let him go out like this!

  • vicki

    thanks, hackers!

  • Selective Amnesia

    Here comes Andy!

  • CashmanNinja

    I was about to go crazy on Girardi for that. Andy needs to finish this. 1 more.

  • CashmanNinja

    Pettitte!!!!!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    ANDY PETTITTE.

    That is ALL!

  • vicki

    bravo.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Can we get a signature Pettitte pickoff to end the game?

  • Leg-End

    Been a pleasure to watch Andy, thank you.

  • vicki

    joe, you drama queen. loving it.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    *standing ovation*

  • Dan in Athens

    Thank you Andy.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    ANDY PETTITTE

  • JGYank

    Wow a CG. Great ending. Got the win in his last start to even his record. Pettitte and Mo know how to go out.

  • BFDeal

    Awesome.

  • Andrew J.

    He was our best pitcher these last two months. Hope he has a change of heart again in the off season. We need him back.
    AJ

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      Exactly. He still can pitch. He has a couple of years left in him, especially if he pitched in the NL and in a pitchers park.

    • hogsmog

      I don’t know, he really nailed it this season, going out on top. It feels good for us and him- he wanted to “leave it all out on the field”, and he did.

      He doesn’t have anything else to prove really. I’d hate to see him turn into Barry Zito in August ’14 and be forced ungracefully off the mound.

      • Andrew J.

        Going out on top is coming back one more year and pitching in the playoffs. It really sucks that Mo and Andy had to end careers in a regular season shutout loss to the Rays and a win in Houston (a transplanted National League team) in a meaningless game against the worst team in baseball.
        AJ

  • Selective Amnesia

    What a great way to end a career!

    Andy Pettitte!

  • SDB

    I’m tearing up for the second time this week.

    Thank you Andy.

  • Chris

    This was sadder of the two retirements this year. Don’t know why but I always associated more with Andy, and was so thrilled when he came out of retirement last year. Actually, I liked Andy more than any long time Yankee since Bernie.

    • Betty Lizard

      Me too. Much more wrenching than Mariano’s retirement and that’s not taking anything away from Mariano’s achievements.

    • vicki

      my guy retired two years ago, but i love andy. i didn’t get weepy last sunday until he walked off the mound.

      it’s great to see him get the admiration and respect he deserves. well done, houston.

  • number 21

    I miss Andy and Mo already.

  • Wheels

    “It’s a shame you get old.”

    Yes it is.

  • dkidd

    thank you, andy

  • Farewell Mo and Andy

    Talk about the end of an era. Seeing the end of Mo and Andy this week feels like my dog died.

  • Lukaszek

    It went almost like a cliched 80’s sports movie

    Andy: “I gave it all I had coach just…I know you came here to take me out, but…please, let me get this last batter out, I promise I can…”

    Joe: “I didn’t come here to remove you. I just came here to say…you’re a great fucking pitcher sport. Ever since I came into the league you been like a son to me. I saw your rise to stardom, I saw you leave us, and yet at the end of the day, you’re right here, being the best Andy that Andy can be. Now, take this ball from me, and get this last batter out. Do it for us, but most importantly, do it for Mo”

    Andy: “Thanks coach, I won’t let you down!”

    do, do, do, don’t you, forget about me

  • hell hammer

    Andy Friggin’ Pettitte! Been one hell of a ride guys.

  • Alkaline

    Hell. still awesome.

  • forensic

    Terrific game for Pettitte!

    /obligatoryastrossuckqualifier

  • CashmanNinja

    I’d like to thank that Astros catcher for doing his best Carly Rae Jepsen impersonation that gave us our first run.

  • Mike M

    The first time Andy retired, I felt like he was still going to come back. So this time around meant a lot more to me.