About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

6 thoughts on “What does Pettitte mean for Pineda?

  1. The Yankees didnt get Pettitte because they are worried about Pineda or anyone else. Reports said that the Yankees contacted Pettitte in December, before they even had Pineda or Kuroda. Perhaps it was the Yankees who were desperate for pitching and why they asked Andy to come back, or why they traded Montero, or why they gave Kuroda 10 million. The point is the Yanks didnt try and sign Pettitte last week, they tried to sign him 3 months ago when pitching was really an issue, now too much pitching is the issue.

    • Yes but after Cash got Pineda and Kuroda, he called Andy and told him to "shut it down", referring to Andy's conditioning routine as he contemplated a comeback. It's an odd signing because Andy bailed on the team last off season once he heard that Cliff Lee wasn't signing with the Yanks. At that point the Yanks were desperate and Andy went home to his family. This year there is an overabundance of pitching and the only thing this signing serves to do is cause a disruption and a distraction.

    • Pettitte actually contacted Cashman. But you're right, he was in the picture before we even had Pineda. When they finally signed him last week it was "how do you say no to Andy," not "our rotation is in trouble."

  2. Murti makes a good point (and thanks for posting – I'd missed it) – we (folks on the outside looking in, who don't talk to Girardi every morning in the clubhouse) have no idea what is said between manager and player. If Pineda is doing what he has been told to do, all my worrying, all the internet whining – its all just a way to kill time until we FINALLY get to watch real games.

    I'll chill. Thanks.

  3. All this focus on velocity misses a couple points. First, velocity isn't everything. Nova has been hitting 95 on the gun this spring, but since his command is off, he's gotten pounded. Should we be concerned or not? Second, Hughes' velocity was off last spring, but his real problem was his inability to hit his spots. He needed the big radar gun number to get people out. Pineda, on the other hand, has shown an ability to strike batters out and produce a lot of weak contact at at a lower-than-expected velocity this year. Barring injury, meaning we can expect him to get back up to 95 at some point, shouldn't this face be celebrated rather than a cause for a feak-out? If Pineda looks this good at a lower velocity, what will he be able to do once he gets the fastball pumped up again?

  4. There is another possibility that no one seems to consider and that is that Pettitte won't be able to get it done and all this discussion is moot. He had a good first half in 2010, but was pretty much done by early July. After a year and three-quarters off and three months shy of his 40th birthday, isn't it just a little presumptuous to assume he'll fit right into the rotation? Indeed, if you look at his stats, the last time he had a full season as good, or better, than Freddy did last year was 2005.