Morning Bits: Pettitte, Pineda, Gardner

Good morning everyone and a happy Saturday to you all! Today’s game vs. the Astros is on YES Network so make sure to watch. Onto the morning links!

— Now that Andy Pettitte has come out of retirement…will he be the same pitcher as he was in 2010?

— Brian Cashman is not concerned with Michael Pineda‘s velocity. He shouldn’t be since he only saw 1 outing of Pineda’s.

— You would think that Brett Gardner is comfortable in left field with the stellar defense he has done. Not so much. As a matter of fact, he feels uncomfortable.

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on March 17, 2012, in Notes & Links and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Brett has the right attitude, work, work and more work…that’s why I like him.
    As for Andy, I hope he can be of help to the team this year. But let’s be realistic, he is 40 years old and out of shape. The most that should be expected of him (I think) would be a lefty out of the pen. A lefty that can get right or left-handed hitters out is very valuable in the Pen!
    I don’t think he will be able to go for 5+ innings every 5 days as a starter!

    • My main man ,
      I hate to disagree,But I hope your wrong.
      IMHO Andy will come up big,He is a special player and the year off of throwing will help his arm. I’M a bit concerned with his leggs.
      I don’t think we will see him in the pen.
      On the Brett side ,I don’t know if you remember but that is how we came to meet each other.We both liked Brett when not many others did.

  2. fishjam and ballpark, I agree with both of you. I’m not sure that Andy can start successfully for the Yanks this year, and I don’t think he goes to the pen. I just hope Andy doesn’t become a distraction for the other pitchers on the team, he has put alot of jobs in jeapordy. Andy in a way is like Posada was last year, the Yanks will give him the opportunity to pitch his way off the team, while the others have to pitch their way on the team.

    • Doug, the one thing I will disagree with you about is that unlike Posada who in my opinion showed a sign of selfishness his last year I do NOT think that will or would be the case with Andy. I honestly feel/believe that when and if Andy doesn’t feel he’s helping the team no one will have to point it out to him. I think he will be the first one to say I’m done. Even if it is mid season or earlier for that matter.

      • Great point UYF. I believe Andy is the type of guy who will step asideif he isn’t helping the team or if there is someone else who could do a better job.

        I think he’ll do just fine. He’s 39 and only took 1 season off. In 2010 he was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA and threw 2 strong 7ip – 2 er games in the Playoffs. He says his arm feels great and I think it will be rejuvenated by taking the yr off.

        Like Old Yankee said, the legs are the critical part. At the end of 2010 he was throwing great but had the groin injury that knocked him out for 2 months. That is the key part and it will take him til at least May before his entire body is in game shape. Then as the season progresse, if he runs into trouble it will be because of his body – not his arm. For that reason, I’d like to see him take his time getting ready to make sure he’s 100% for the 2nd half and postseason.

  3. Ballpark…
    I love Andy and agree with you…I hope I am so, so wrong! But as stated, it’s all about the legs, if he can get them strong……!
    I mean, he will not have to learn to pitch, he did very well before and I doubt if he has forgotten how it is done. He would be a very big help to the club in more ways than one.
    Being as I am older than time itself, I would love to see Andy show how it is done by one that works hard for the brass ring.
    As for Brett…oh yha, believe me, I do remember all the names I was called and how stupid I was to dare think of Brett in the big show. I am sure you had a little trouble too?
    We can always hope that the players we find and like, make it to the big leagues as Yankee Stars of the future.
    You, Fishjam, Twasp and I go back a long time but, there were others, lost along the way and replaced by Matt and Mike.
    Now it has a new beginning on this site, let us nurture it along and have great fans like John, Doug, uyf1950, along with the great writers here help make it one of the more read sites around, 🙂

  4. I love Brett’s mentality and always working hard. He could have fooled me though. I thought that he was comfortable there in LF and to find out that he’s not at all comfortable out there was a bit surprising. From the moment I saw him, I knew he was gonna make it.

    As for Andy, now that the shock and the excitement has wore off…I don’t know what to think about it. I’m kind of hoping that he comes back to the Bronx, lead us to a World Series, win the World Series…and then they make a movie about it. 😉

    • Brett looked great in LF today….made 2 outstanding catches I saw in the Bremuda triangle of shallow LF between the 3B, SS and LF. He is definitely a weapon out there that saves dozens and dozens of runs of the course of a season.

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