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Andy Pettitte is close to joining the Yankees but he got lit up in a Triple A start yesterday. Our old pal is also drawing attention for his off-field activities.


1 monkeypants   ~  May 7, 2012 1:59 pm

I have a very ominous feeling that the Andy Pettitte 2012 Experience is going to end badly. Of course, I hope I'm wrong about this.

2 Jon DeRosa   ~  May 7, 2012 2:06 pm

[1] well, he isn't exactly setting the minor leagues on fire.

3 Alex Belth   ~  May 7, 2012 2:19 pm

How's Mr. Moyer doing again?

4 RagingTartabull   ~  May 7, 2012 2:22 pm

I honestly think he'll be fine. I mean he's not gonna blow anyone away or anything, but do I think he'll more often than not give them 6 IP and finish up with an era of something like 4.25? Yeah, probably

5 Shaun P.   ~  May 7, 2012 3:00 pm

[2] As a wise person once told me, when looking at minor league numbers, ignore everything but the Ks, BBs, and HRs. Fields are not always in great shape, and the defense behind a pitcher is not always, shall we say, major league quality.

MiLB.com has Pettitte with 17 IP, 13 K, 3 BB, 0 HR; add in his 5 IP in extended spring training, and its 22 IP, 18 K, 3 BB, 0 HR. Looks just fine to me.

[0] The ways in which Heyman and others in the baseball media world have completed gotten Pettitte's testimony and actions wrong anger me greatly. Craig Calcaterra may be a former lawyer , but how long would it have taken Heyman (or his editor) to contact an actual lawyer to find out if they were accurate or not? Sheesh.

6 Chyll Will   ~  May 7, 2012 4:08 pm

[5] Depends on how long the lawyer would have kept them on hold >;)

7 Ara Just Fair   ~  May 7, 2012 4:30 pm

[4] I agree. It's not as if Andy was getting knocked all over the park when he walked away in 2010.

8 RIYank   ~  May 7, 2012 4:43 pm

Last year around this time, I was really impressed with Theo E for securing Adrian Gonzalez. He was raking, and Fenway looked like his private batting cage.
Since the 2011 AS break, his line at Fenway is .284/.357/.381 with 3 homers.

Not a huge sample, but it doesn't look like a fluke, either. Pressure?

9 RagingTartabull   ~  May 7, 2012 4:57 pm
10 monkeypants   ~  May 7, 2012 5:33 pm

[7] Sure, but that was more than a year ago, when he was already 38. Plus, didn't he miss a bunch of time that season due to injury? I'm just not that sold on a 40 y.o. coming back after more than a season away from the game. But I could be wrong. We'll see.

[5] Sure, normally. But what I read seemed to indicate that he was getting hit hard. It doesn't surprise me that a wily old veteran can strike out AA players. But if they are smacking him around, what will big leaguers do?

11 OldYanksFan   ~  May 7, 2012 5:36 pm

[8] As you know RI, Fenway is not a good park for a power, pull hitting LH Batter. Imagine him in YSIII.

And talk about old-school...
Hamels says: "Welcome to the big leagues".

12 RIYank   ~  May 7, 2012 5:50 pm

Yeah, old school.
I don't know what to think about that. He's a punk, but we know all or most pitchers do it, so he's getting smacked down for admitting it.

13 RIYank   ~  May 7, 2012 5:51 pm

Also [11] A-Gon's projections for Fenway were enormous. Remember, he'd been playing in Petco. If his homers were down, that would be one thing, but everything's down.

(Eric Wilbur is kind of a dickhead, though.)

14 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  May 7, 2012 6:59 pm

Andy will be just fine, Jesus.

15 RIYank   ~  May 7, 2012 7:24 pm

Hm, this Middlebrooks kid is the answer to a Sox fan's prayers.

16 RIYank   ~  May 7, 2012 7:53 pm

Felix Dubront is now through two innings, 33 pitches, two runs. This should be verrrrrrry interesting.

17 RIYank   ~  May 7, 2012 8:11 pm

Okay, Middlebrooks still a work in progress (threw away a grounder for a 2-base error and a run).

Good Will Middlebrooks.

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