Everyday Andy: Yanks-Twins Gamer II

Josh Beckett is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. My season-long crow-eating festival begins this week. Crap.

Andy Pettitte is the new Ron Villone who was the concurrent Scott Proctor who was the new Tom Gordon who was the new Mike Stanton/Jeff Nelson who were the new Cecilio Guante who was Tim Stoddard but better, and Stoddard was someone else whose name I don’t remember. After tonight Pettitte will be on pace to appear in a little less than 80 games this season. The thinking is that management doesn’t want him picking up that expensive option year so they’re going to make him sick of the game, or have his arm fall off in the off-season, or both.

An interesting fact about Boof Bonser is that he’s called Boof. He’s also the pitcher that stands in the way of the Bombers making it two in a row. This is your game thread for discussion. Comment away!

The Yankees line-up courtesy of Peter Abraham:
Johnny Damon CF
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jason Giambi DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Doug Mientkiewicz 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Andy Pettitte LHP

97 comments… add one
  • Stoddard was the new Guetterman.

    YF April 10, 2007, 7:04 pm
  • that’s right! His name was on the tip of my tongue.

    Nick-YF April 10, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • So is Henn the new Mendoza? We could use a new Mendoza.

    john April 10, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • Don’t worry yet, Nick, Beckett has not yet faced a legitimate major league lineup. I’d say the Boston/Yankee series later this month would be a good litmus test for how our teams are doing so far.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • ALEX ALEX ALEX
    crushes the 3-2!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2-0
    WOW

    YF April 10, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Heh…

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • I seriously don’t believe this guy.
    This is Texas A-Rod, and I can’t be happier to see him.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • A-Rod!!!

    Nick-YF April 10, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • That pitch was on the outside corner and he still pulled out over the power alley. just amazing. he’s making barry bonds look like tony womack.

    YF April 10, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Classic Pettitte first inning: a k on a slider followed by a pair of groundouts to the right side.
    We may have something here afterall….

    YF April 10, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Vintage Andy Pettitte. A strikeout and two weak groundouts.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Great minds think alike YF. Heh…

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Wow. I have got to get in front of a set and watch this guy hit. He’s in a very special place right now.

    attackgerbil April 10, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Is it wrong to think “to hell with these other guys, just give me A-Rod” at this point?
    Except, heh, Cano’s pretty good himself.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • “Beckett has not yet faced a legitimate major league lineup”
    Seattle is a major league lineup. he struck ichiro out 3 times. just sayin’

    Anonymous April 10, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Jorge too.

    attackgerbil April 10, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • You got it WE.
    Posada high fly to center
    Cano drills a double to right
    Minky moves him along to third with the grounder right side.

    YF April 10, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • By my words I may devalue what Boston did today. That’s not my intention. There’s no way that layoff didn’t hurt Weaver. That said, there’s no way I didn’t expect Boston to pound him.

    attackgerbil April 10, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Melkster rbi single! Melkster off the schnide!
    3-0!

    YF April 10, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Love those two out ribbies. Especially from a struggling Melky.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • .. regardless of the layoff.

    attackgerbil April 10, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • The Melkman just made is first delivery.

    bloodyank78 April 10, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Anon: yeah. I’d just like to see him face someone like the Twins or, say, the Yankees. Seattle is definitely one of the worst offenses in the league.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Nice BY.. I hadn’t heard that one. I like it.

    attackgerbil April 10, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Someone needs to call the 1982 Brewers and tell them to come and get Boof Bonser. The man is definitely in the wrong era.
    Damon grounds out. That means Alex bats 3rd next inning. Fun.

    YF April 10, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • I think I’ll lay off the puns. I said my Melkman deal as I typed it and now my wife is still making fun of me.

    bloodyank78 April 10, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Andrew: I do look forward to seeing Boston play the Yanks, ’cause it’s the most funnest. But Seattle and the Tribe did get a royal screw from bad weather this last week. I’m willing to give the M’s a pass today. Besides, tomorrow may well be the game to tell you what business Seattle and Boston are in. Can’t wait to see it.

    attackgerbil April 10, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Mum’s the word on the Sox pitching right now as far as I’m concerned. It’s looking pretty damn impressive at this point.
    Looking forward to that DMat-King Felix matchup tomorrow night.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • See, you sir AG, have good taste. Maybe Melky had a slumpbuster last night? ;)

    bloodyank78 April 10, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Cuddyer off to a hot start. Cracks one down the third base line for a leadoff double. Morneau moves him over on a grounder 4-3.
    Pettitte’s ball really diving out there. He’s looking real tough, despite the double.

    YF April 10, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Andy strands the runner at 3rd. Nice.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Twins just having all kinds of trouble laying off Pettitte’s 2-strike slider. The thing is vicious. Rings up two more ks to end the inning, and strand Cuddyer.

    YF April 10, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Those who predicted that A-Rod was due for a monster year, I don’t think it’s too early to pat yourself on the back.

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Ball continues to fly off Alex’s bat. An easy pop to right reaches the edge of the warning track. Boyo.

    YF April 10, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Meanwhile, could ye godlike Yankee fans please furnish us humble Sox fans with a full list of which teams count when Boston beats them, and which ones don’t?
    This would be very helpful, because as everyone knows only those games which Yankee fans deem to be truly competitive count in the standings at the end of the season.
    Thanks in advance!

    Hudson April 10, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Pettitte making things look e-z. 1-2-3 in the third.

    YF April 10, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Andy sailing along. So far so good.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • A win’s a win to me Hudson. I like Seattle.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Speaking of failed Boston opponents, Alex Gordon finally with a dinger against Toronto. Nice to see.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Mauer has a sweet swing.

    attackgerbil April 10, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Nice 463 on Cuddyer.

    attackgerbil April 10, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Pitcher’s best friend. The DP.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • 2 singles start things off, but Cuddyer grounds into the 4-6-3 DP. Just like old times.
    Punto to 3rd. Morneau up.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Wow. Pettite made that breaking ball fall completely away from Morneau. Nice.

    attackgerbil April 10, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Minky unassisted on the grounder to first. Nice way to work through the Minnesota meat.

    attackgerbil April 10, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • 2 on , no outs, and Houdini Pettitte escapes again. Gets the reigning MVP (BOO), Morneau, for the final out of the inning.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Frozen rope for Melky. Great to see. 2-2 tonight.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Walk to Minky and a liner up the middle put men on 1st and 2nd w/ no outs for Damon.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Damon with the 3 run bomb. 6-0.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • sexy calves!!!

    m.g. yanks fan April 10, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Wow Damon clobbers one. High pitch on he outer half and he cranks it off the facade above the bag. 6-0.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • I hate Seattle. They’re a prime example of how not to run a baseball team.
    Meanwhile, I almost have a heart attack when I hear a healthy crack off the bat. Then I realize the Twins announcers are silent, and I smile.
    A “non-homerun hitter like Damon”? He hit 24 last year. I’d say he likes to hit homeruns just as much as anyone.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • ARod intentional walk. WTF? Hee hee.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Man. Abreu smokes one and Torri grabs it and hits the baggie in right center.
    Alex walked by a righty to get to Giambi. Twins have to do this to set up the DP and avoid Alex, but they’re playing with fire. In comes Jesse Crain.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Let’s get Jeter in here. Still a ways to go.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Oh, and Hudson’s request:
    KC and Seattle? Awful. Two of the worst teams in the league right there. While KC improved a bit, Seattle got worse.
    Texas? Ehh. Now the Angels? Toronto? Yankees? Those are good teams.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Excellent work by Jason. Opposite field ribbie single, on a 1-2 pitch.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • “I’d say the Boston/Yankee series later this month would be a good litmus test for how our teams are doing so far.”
    this doesnt make sense. how does one head-to-head series serve as a barometer of how the teams are doing? wouldnt a better litmus test be things like “standings” and “stats”?

    Anonymous April 10, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • I misspoke. I didn’t mean “how they are doing so far” (even though that’s exactly what I said), I meant how they compare to each other. And anyway, no, because as we’ve seen things like coldness and rusty starts and crappy teams can effect those stats and standings. A good test is when evenly-matched or nearly so teams face off a couple weeks into the season and you see what happens.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Cano. Bang.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • I think a 5 game series in August with the two teams neck and neck in the division is a good litmus test. Heh.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • I’m not buying what you’re selling Andrew.
    Seattle is not an “awful” team. In fact, they’re a lot of fun to watch.
    You play who you play. Let’s not go overboard with the whole strength of schedule issue.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • So I am at practice today and I see a delivery guy watching my practice. At the end of practice I gave my kids a little Jackie Robinson trivia and he heard me. Well he calls me over to where he is standing. He said I want to congratulate you on passing on a piece of baseball/american history to these kids. Loooong story short, he’s Theo Epstein’s father in law. Sox, Sox everywhere are Sox. Vomit.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 10, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Pettitte just continues to draw the ground ball outs. 6-3. 4-3.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Great story, Trisk.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Proctor warming in the pen…

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • coming to any meaningful long-term conclusions about any team or player’s season is impossible to do at this point. The small sample size cliche holds for 7 games.
    That said, A-Rod is the 2007 MVP obviously.

    Nick-YF April 10, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Just walked in the door and I see they’ve scored 4 more! AP lookin’ sharp! And the real beauty of JD’s 3 run shot is that he is my Fantasy CF. Smiles all around.

    Anonymous April 10, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Another grounder, 6-4, ends the inning.
    Pettitte goes six full, no runs. Very encouraging.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • 6 shutout innings from Andy. Super. He’s at 96 pitches. His evening could be over…

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • back-to-back quality starts from the Pavette bros. Good stuff.
    P&P Posse?
    Pavanette Princes?

    Nick-YF April 10, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Neshek sets down Damon and Jeter on ks. It looks like the ball goes straight from his hand into the catchers glove.

    YF April 10, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • proving that once again names are great and fun, there’s a guy named Bootcheck on the Angels. That guy’s going on my fantasy team.

    Nick-YF April 10, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • The Twins bullpen is nasty.

    Nick-YF April 10, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Yep, Andy’s done, and the Proctologist is in…

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Where was that ball four to Morneau?!!!

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Control Problems for Scotty.

    Anonymous April 10, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Flaherty was talking about how Andy’s whole approach has changed since his first time around. Obviously he has less velocity on his fast ball, but he’s also using his cutter less, working both sides of the plate more. I wonder how much of that is to compensate for the loss in velocity and how much is to put less pressure on his elbow. In any case, I wonder if this has given his career a second wind. If memory serves me right, his years with the Astros featured some of his best k-rates and peripherals of his career. Is Andy aging like a fine wine? Are there are trite expressions I can throw out there about his progress? Or is true? Can you teach an old dog new tricks. Now I must sleep! So much work of late, I’m loopy!

    Nick-YF April 10, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Hey anon, why don’t you type in a name? How about Boof?

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • I wonder if Proctor is going to show carry over fatigue from last season? It kind looks like he already is. No?

    Anonymous April 10, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • YF, I don’t see what’s so great about Seattle. During the offseason, they traded two of their top prospects for no-field sometimes-hit DH Jose Vidro. And they traded one of the their top relievers for below-average Horacio Ramirez.
    Yes, they have Ichiro, Johjima and King Felix. But as we’ve seen with Tampa Bay and their Crawford and Kazmir, two great players does not a team make. The rest of Seattle’s offense is rounded out by More K’s than Hits Richie Sexson and falling-to-earth Raul Ibanez. Not to mention worst-hitters-contract-ever Adrian Beltre. Their rotation outside of Felix is gag-worthy. Their bullpen outside of Putz isn’t worth talking about. I hate every time I see them because I know that, barring an idiotic GM, they could be so much better. But as it stands right now, they’re just, not, good. One of my least-favorite teams in baseball outside of the Nationals.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Anon was me, sorry I was signed into TypeKey and it wouldn’t list me name.

    bloodyank78 April 10, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Proctor got squeezed on ball four to Morneau. Got squeezed on ball four to Hunter, got 2 outs on weak fly balls, and then gave up a run on a broken bat single. He looks fine.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Seattle may not be the ideal organization, but that’s a glass half empty analysis, and if you’re going to sit there and rave about the Angels, a worse offensive team, I’m just not there with you. The Nats and the Ms are a ways apart.

    YF April 10, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • and, for that matter, how is ibanez “falling to earth.” he’s been a remarkably consistent player through his career, and last years numbers were hardly an aberation. vastly underrated player. last year he made the most impressive defensive play i’ve ever witnessed in person.

    YF April 10, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Melky with the nice snag to end the Twin’s 8th.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • The Angels have really good pitching and bullpen, especially when compared to the Mariners. And Ibanez won’t be as good as he was last year, that’s all I meant. There’s a reason they were in last place last year even in the weak AL West and they’ve done nothing to improve their team for this year. No wonder Ichiro wants out.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Okay, so wait. Torre wants to prevent overuse of Mo, but he uses him in a 9-run lead. What happens if the Yankees have close games tomorrow and the next day? Sometimes Torre just doesn’t make sense.

    Andrew April 10, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • well it’s all over. Yanks crush Twins. Yay!

    YF April 10, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Nice to see Kevin Thompson make a contribution. Melky getting 3 hits is a good sign after struggling all spring. And of course, we now expect a home run every game from Alex. Heh.
    Call me crazy, but I have a slightly better feeling about our starting staff than I did on, oh, say Sunday night.
    Now we need Moose to keep the good string going. Moose has good numbers in the Metrodome, but of course, that’s no guarantee of anything.
    And Mo closes out the 10-1 win. Goodnight.

    Whatever April 10, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • I don’t know if it’s the time that I read it, but I’d like to thank you for making me giggle at 3 AM with your interesting fact about Boof Bonser.

    yankeesnj April 11, 2007, 2:54 am
  • Red Sox Nation is all giddy that they have taken advantage of mediocre pitching against mediocre teams. Yawn.
    Let’s see how the Red Sox do against a good pitcher, like Felix Hernandez, or against a potent offense like the Yankees.
    Then all the Boston angst and handwringing will begin.

    yf2 April 11, 2007, 4:09 am
  • …yyyyyyyyaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!…
    …we love arod [today]!!!!!…
    …yyyyyyyyaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!…

    dc April 11, 2007, 8:17 am
  • Don’t worry yet, Nick, Beckett has not yet faced a legitimate major league lineup.
    Come on with this already…

    SF April 11, 2007, 9:01 am
  • For those playing, there is an important update on our fantasy page…. Not such good news.

    Brad April 11, 2007, 9:05 am
  • Don’t worry yet, Nick, Beckett has not yet faced a legitimate major league lineup.
    I love this attitude… what was Baltimore and Tampa considered while they were slamming their way through the Yankee rotation?
    Give it a rest, guy. All teams are major league lineups, even Baltimore and KC.

    Brad April 11, 2007, 9:06 am
  • i think the thing to wait for is dmat’s first crack at a major league lineup…

    dc April 11, 2007, 3:27 pm

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