Yankees Re-Sign Andy Pettitte

Andy Pettitte and the Yankees have finally agreed to a one-year deal worth $12 million plus $2.5 million in award bonuses. Although the lefty seemingly retired after the 2010 season, Pettitte returned in 2012 with a $2.5 million contract. In 75.1 IP last season, the un-retired Pettitte put up a 2.87 ERA, a 3.48 FIP, and a career high 22.8 K%. He also posted a career high GB% thanks to a career high two-seam fastball usage. Unless there is a major trade that sends Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, or David Phelps to another organization, the Yankees starting rotation is now Continue reading Yankees Re-Sign Andy Pettitte

The Best Laid Plans

As the blackout last week rolled on, the conversations between my father and me inevitably rolled to baseball. One thing he kept bringing up was how this upcoming Hot Stove season would be the most challenging for Yankee GM Brian Cashman. While I think there may have been more pressure to reload after missing the playoffs in 2008, I’m more or less in league with my dad on this one. With the 2014 budget in mind, it’s hard to know just exactly what the Yankees will do this winter. We know they won’t get younger for the sake of getting Continue reading The Best Laid Plans

Analyzing Pettitte’s Return

I always look forward to doubleheaders. As a fan, double baseball means double fun, but you also get to examine a different type of managing. The Yankees won both games yesterday, Ichiro Suzuki came up big with an incredible 7 for 8 day, and best of all, Andy Pettitte returned from the disabled list. It doesn’t get much better than that right now. In case you missed it, Pettitte opened up game one, and we expected him to throw anywhere from 50 to 75 pitches. Optimistically, I thought that 5.0 solid innings would be a possibility, and that’s exactly what Continue reading Analyzing Pettitte’s Return

But I Thought The Yankees Always Lost To The Angels?

For a while now, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been a thorn in the side of the New York Yankees. We all remember the early playoff exits in 2002 and 2005 and we were elated when the Yankees finally beat them in 2009 to advance to the World Series. So even though it’s always seemed like the Yanks have had trouble beating Mike Scioscia’s team, they haven’t lately, especially at home. In fact, the Angels are now 5-15 in the regular season at the new Stadium. I know, right? Freddy Garcia, who has been stepping in for the Continue reading But I Thought The Yankees Always Lost To The Angels?

Attempting To Put A Positive Spin On The CC/Andy Injuries

(Unless he’s praying to Mecca, that’s not a position you want to see Andy in.  Courtesy of Robert Sabo/NY Daily News)   (The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) Injuries suck.  There’s no other way to say it.  And the reminders that they’re “part of the game” and “every team is dealing with them” don’t make them suck any less when they happen to your team.  The Yankees have already dealt with their fair share of injury woes in 2012, and yesterday’s double-whammy of injury-related suckiness was even more woeful considering it knocked out the Yankees’ 2 best starting Continue reading Attempting To Put A Positive Spin On The CC/Andy Injuries

Russell Martin hits two homers, leading the Yankees to a sweep of the Mets

Through six innings it looked like the Yankees were going to get shut out in this one. The Bombers couldn’t manage anything with the bats against Jonathon Niese. The Yankees would frequently get their lead off hitter on base, only to see their inadequacy with runners on base  continue. Just when it looked like the Yankees were grasping at their final outs and heading towards a loss, the later innings happened. Russell Martin started the excitement with a two-run, Yankee Stadium special, wall scraper to right that was just out of the arms of a leaping Scott Hairston. The ball Continue reading Russell Martin hits two homers, leading the Yankees to a sweep of the Mets

How the Youthful Rays Were Beat by an Old Man

“I don’t really try to strike guys out,” Pettitte said. “I feel like I’m able to keep guys off balance an awful lot right now. My command was just really good tonight. I only left a couple of balls over the heart of the zone all night long. I’ve been real happy with my command and the feel of all my pitches. I didn’t think it would come back so quick.” Who really thought it would come back so quick? A pitcher one year removed from baseball came out Tuesday night to win the first game of the series against Continue reading How the Youthful Rays Were Beat by an Old Man

Pettitte brilliant, blanks Rays

Earlier today, I wrote about the good and the bad things that’ve entailed Andy Pettitte‘s comeback. Once the game started, Andy showed us all nothing but the good. He was vintage Andy…hell, he was better than that. Going 7.1 fantastic innings, Pettitte allowed just four baserunners–a pair of walks and hits each–and struck out ten Tampa Bay batters (four of them multiple times), and of course, he didn’t allow a run as the Yankees coasted to a 7-0 victory over their division rival. Given Pettitte’s nearly perfect pitching performance, the Yankees got all the runs they needed, thanks to an Continue reading Pettitte brilliant, blanks Rays

Four starts in, the good and bad for Pettitte

Through four starts, it’s hard to classify Andy Pettitte‘s return to the Yankee rotation as anything but successful. If we’re setting the bar low, it’s great that he’s shown he’s still able to get out there and pitch every five days. Setting the bar a bit higher, he’s pitched reasonably well in his limited time: a 3.49 ERA in 28.1 innings. His FIP is a bit unsightly at 4.75, but that’s largely due to an unfathomably high HR rate. Currently, Andy’s HR/9 sits at 1.91 and his HR/FB% is a whopping 26.1%. To say those are wildly out of proportion Continue reading Four starts in, the good and bad for Pettitte