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Lefties Andy Pettitte (9-9, 4.26 ERA) and J.A. Happ (3-3, 5.10 ERA) will square off in the second game of a three-game set. The Toronto Blue Jays spoiled Derek Jeter return, besting the Yankees 5-2 last night. Jeter, who went 0-for-3 in Monday’s return, has had some success against Happ, posting a 4 for 8 line with 1 HR.

Pettitte looks to earn his third win against the Blue Jays this season after giving up one run and three hits over six innings last week at Yankee Stadium. Pettitte has had Toronto’s number, going 6-1 with a 3.04 ERA over his last eight starts. Pettitte is 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA over his last seven starts in Toronto. Pettitte has limited right handed sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie to combined 2-for-20 over the last two seasons. Pettitte must try to limit Rajai Davis, who is 9-for-17 with a HR.

J.A. Happ is making just his fifth start since returning from a skull fracture on May 7th. Happ allowed four runs and five walks over 5 1/3 innings last week at Yankee Stadium. Ichiro Suzuki (4-for-7) has had some success against Happ while Robinson Cano (3-for-14) has struggled.

Pick: The Yankees opened as a slight favorite (-115), so they’re the pick. Pettitte has pitched well recently and has success against Encarnacion and Lawrie.

The New York Yankees (67-59), winners of four straight games, look to sweep the lowly Toronto Blue Jays (57-70) this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees currently sit 6.5 game behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East. Luckily for the Bombers, they’ll face off against their Boston rivals seven more times before October 1st, so anything can happen.

Last night, Ichiro Suzuki collected his 4,000th career professional hit. Suzuki’s big accomplishment sparked Alfonso Soriano’s 8th inning, game winning two-run home run. Since joining the Yankees, Soriano has been one of baseball’s hottest hitters, blasting seven home runs and collecting 22 RBIs during 71 August at-bats. Soriano will hopefully bring his big bat to the ballpark today and try to help Andy Pettitte pick up his 9th victory.

The 41-year-old Pettitte has struggled this season, posting a 8-9 record with an unsightly 4.39 ERA. Pettitte brings some tough veteran leadership and success against the Blue Jays to the table. Pettitte holds a career 23-13 record against the Jays. In his last five starts, Pettitte is 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 7.4 K/9. And lucky for Andy, he will not face Jose Bautista (hip) who had 3 HRs in 36 career plate appearances. Given Pettitte’s career success against the Blue Jay, Vegas opened the Yankees as a sizable -170 money line favorite. Look for the Yankees to ride behind their veteran southpaw and sweep away the lowly Blue Jays. 

 

 

It’s been a difficult offseason for Yankee fans. Derek Jeter broke his ankle, but should return for Spring Training. Alex Rodriguez, who is undergoing hip surgery, will miss at least half of 2013. Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez, and Andruw Jones, who combined to hit 94 home runs, signed elsewhere. Rafael Soriano, who saved 42 games, is also expected to sign elsewhere. For better or worse, the Yankees were not linked to any top free agents. The Yankee brass is committed to spending less than baseball’s $189 million luxury tax threshold by 2014, so free agent spending sprees are off the table.

Brian Cashman always emphasizes the importance of keeping his ‘core’ together, so four key pieces were re-signed to team friendly deals. Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Hiroki Kuroda signed one-year deals while Ichrio Suzuki signed a two-year deal. These deals should help the Yankees win in 2013, but each player is over 40-years-old and adds little value to the future of the team.

The Yankees are one of the oldest teams in baseball, but still boast some of the game’s best players. Jeter and Ichiro will set the table for Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson. CC Sabathia will be supported by Kuroda, Pettitte, and Phil Hughes in the starting rotation. Mariano Rivera and David Robertson will lock down the backend of the bullpen. This core won 95 games last season, so anything less will be a failure.

While the Yankees boast a strong core, many are questioning their complementary parts. As of today, the Yankees have not named a starting catcher or designated hitter. Cashman will not sign a free agent catcher, so expect a combination of Francisco Cervelli-Chris Stewart-Austin Romine to start. Kevin Youkilis will start at third base, but he was signed as A-Rod’s caddy. The Yankees will need Youkilis to play third base and DH, but he can’t seem to stay healthy. If Youkilis suffers another injury, will the team trust Eduardo Nunez to play third base? Nunez is currently the de-facto designated hitter, but Cashman always extends multiple Spring Training invites. The Yankees have a glutton of left handed hitters in its outfield, so expect a right handed bat to join this threesome. Remember, Marcus Thames and Raul Ibanez were signed late and played significant roles. Expect similar moves.

Going into 2013, the Yankees have a very small margin for error. The roster is primarily comprised of older players that may break down. Each AL East foe improved its roster and many are expecting the Toronto Blue Jays to win the division. However, the Yankees boasted baseball’s best run differential and have a roster full of players that have endured October battles. The Yankees continue to pour resources into scouting and player development, but don’t count them out. In terms of player development and a more cost conscious approach, the 2013 season may prove to be a transition year. That doesn’t mean the Yankees are incapable of raising another AL East flag.

The New York Yankees seem to go through a tough period every season, but eventually their talent comes through and they go on to win the division, change the MLB odds and play in the postseason anyway.

Well, they’ve been going through one of those rough spells recently, mainly because, as hard as it is to believe, they’ve been having serious problems scoring runs.

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Andy Pettitte makes pitching look so easy. As a spectator tonight, I watched Andy methodically work through 7+ innings. Andy scattered seven hits and one walk while striking out eight Royal hitters. Andy tiptoed his way in and out of danger, pacing the Yanks to a comfortable 8-3 win. Andy spent his evening nibbling corners and producing big outs in big spots. This was the type of start Yankee fans are accustomed to seeing from #46.

The Yankee offense, namely A-Rod, gave Andy some breathing room early on. A-Rod launched two long home runs in his first at-bats, silencing critics who claim his power is gone. The Grandy Man also cranked his 14th home run of the season and Derek Jeter collected three hits in five at-bats. 

The Yankees will utilize Thursday as a travel day as they head out West to take on the Oakland Athletics. 

Andy Pettitte absolutely delivered tonight during the Yanks’ 4-0 win over the Cincy Reds. Andy turned back the clock as he threw eight shutout innings and recorded his 241st career win. Andy’s cutter was sharp as he recorded eight strikeouts in his first five frames. Andy’s final line (8 IPs, 4 Hs, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 Ks) was easily the best performance by a Yankee SP this season. 

Side Note: I hate Interleague play, but Yankee fans need to see the Game’s best talent on display. Reds’ first baseman, Joey Votto, is one of the game’s best young talents. This is likely the only time we’ll see Votto in his prime at Yankee Stadium. Enjoy watching him play this weekend. 

The Yankees failed to sweep the Mariners, dropping the final game of this three-game set, 6-2. However, the story of this game was the return of Andrew Eugene Pettitte. After briefly retiring for a season, Pettitte took the ball and gave the Yanks 6 1/3 innings of four-run ball. Pettitte didn’t give up a hit through three innings, but gave up five hits in the sixth inning, including a two-run HR. Pettitte left in the seventh with the Yanks trailing, 4-1.

Overall, I really can’t be too upset with Andy’s return. Justin Smoak’s two-run homer in the fourth inning barely cleared the right field fence. Andy failed to cover first base on a grounder to Teix in the fifth, but was bailed out by Russell Martin, who nabbed the runner on a stolen base attempt. Casper Wells hit a home run off the right field foul pole in the sixth to increase the Mariner lead to three. Andy retired the first runner in the seventh before being lifted and receiving a standing ovation.

Andy’s fastball velocity was around 88-89 MPH while his slider and curve ball were consistently 81, 75 MPH, respectively. Pettitte gave up seven hits and walked three, but no one is expecting dominant outings from Pettitte. Andy gave the Yankees a chance to win this game and that’s all we can ask for. His next start will come on Friday against the Reds, so stayed tuned. 

Two years ago, Andy Pettitte decided to hang it up and head home to Texas. Two years later, Andy is dusting off the #46 and rejoining the Yankee rotation. Andy will make his 2012 Yankee debut on Sunday afternoon at home against the Mariners. Given the plethora of pitching injuries, his return couldn’t be better timed. Honestly, we all aren’t expecting dominance and we never really have from Andy. He’ll walk a few guys, scatter a bunch of runners, and pick a few guys off. At the end of the day, he’ll deliver quality starts and keep the Yankees in the game. Can’t really ask for much more. The Stadium will rocking this weekend and all eyes will be glued on #46. 

 

Entering this season, the Yankees had seven viable arms for only five rotation spots. After Michael Pineda’s injury, Freddy Garcia’s demotion, and the erratic pitching of Phil Hughes and Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees have some serious questions. Outside of CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova, the Yankees don’t have any reliable options. Andy Pettitte is a week or so away from joining the rotation, but through 21 games, the Yankees’ pre-season strength has now become a concern. Entering Monday, the Yankees are 12-9 and current sit 1.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the East. Granted, the Orioles seem to start strong every season, but Yanks need some quality starts this week. David Phelps is set to join the rotation and will make his first start on Thursday.  

With 141 games to go, the Yankees will find a happy medium with their rotation and the Yankee offense will help offset any poor starts. The Yankees are currently third in baseball with 112 runs scored and the offense will continue to be this team’s strength. We all know that championship aspirations live and die in the post-season and those post-season runs start and end with starting pitching. The Yankee rotation will take form as the season goes, but so far, this team’s strength is now an apparent weakness. 

We learned tonight that Michael Pineda will have surgery on his right shoulder and will miss the entire 2012 season. Pineda suffered an anterior labral tear and will undergo surgery next week. Luckily for the Yanks, neither Pineda’s rotator cuff nor capsule was comprised.  

Brian Cashman spent a copious amount of time with the media explaining the injury. Cashman’s vehemently stated that Pineda’s physical and injury history checked out before dealing slugger Jesus Montero to the Mariners. Seattle GM, Jack Zduriencik stated that he was ‘shocked’ to learn about Pineda’s injury. 

On the surface, I don’t believe Seattle traded the Yanks damaged goods. It’s been well-documented that despite an overall poor showing in the second half of last season, Pineda’s average fastball velocity never dipped below 94.2 MPH. However, Pineda was struggling to break 92 MPH this spring and now we know why. It doesn’t help either that Pineda showed up to camp twenty pounds overweight, causing an obvious setback in his development. 

It’s difficult to find a silver lining in this situation. If anything, Jose Campos, the second player the Yankees acquired in the deal, is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in Single A Charleston. The 19-year-old is obviously years away from making the big team, but we’ve heard he has a lot of upside. As for Pineda, we can only hope he has a successful surgery and regains the All-Star talent he showed last season. 

For now, most of the naysayers will knock Cashman for giving up his prized prospect for the next ‘Mark Prior’. If anything, Cashman and the Yankees should have done their homework on Pineda’s workout habits. Showing up to camp overweight is never excusable and Pineda likely comprised his mechanics in order to generate more velocity. Now, the Yanks must move forward with their starting rotation and hope Andy Pettitte is ready to go. Speaking of Pettitte, he tossed six innings of three run ball tonight for the Trenton Thunder. Pettitte’s return will hopefully make Yankee fans forget about the failed Michael Pineda Year 1 experiment.