Morning Bits: Jeter’s pursuit of 200 hits, Double-Header, Gardner

Sticking with the old mug for good luck

Good morning all.  Lot’s of baseball today.  Matthew B. has a good article coming out in a couple of hours about the turnaround so check back for that.   Also we have a double-header today so two game threads will be posted.  Stop by often and share your thoughts about the games.

Enjoy the day.  Now for some morning links….

ESPN Stats has a good article on Jeter’s pursuit of 200 hits.

Ethan Asofsky of has the preview of today’s games.

— Yankees are adding insurance to the lineup when the activate Gardner writes Mark Feinsand of The Daily News.

About Matthew S.

Avid Yankee fan since birth. I have been going to Yankee games with my father since i was young. I have many memories at YSII including many playoffs and world series games. I hope that you enjoy our blog. Comment often.

Posted on September 19, 2012, in Notes & Links and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I’m going to get blasted after I write this, so after I do I will get down in my bunker and put my helmet on. I think that bringing back Pettitte is a huge mistake and could cost us the best-of-five.
    We all know that if it was any month except September that Pettitte would make at least three rehab starts in the minors. With minor league baseball over with, he has to make them with the big club. We are tied with the Orioles, and simply don’t have the luxury of being able to blow 2 or 3 games, which we likely will, while Pettitte pitches his way back.
    This whole exercise in insanity is based upon the notion that we “need him” for the playoffs. I have three problems with this.
    1) I’m really good with CC, Hughes, Nova, and Kuroda.
    2) Pettitte is unlikely to be sharp enough in the playoffs off of only three starts.
    3) If we lose 2 or 3 of Pettitte’s starts and end up in a one game playoff, it will most likely be in Oakland, which means we have to fly across the country and win one game or go home. Even if we do win it in Oakland, we’ll have to then immediately fly to Chicago to start the next series.

    In life you have to look at things from a risk/reward standpoint.
    Here is how I see the risk/reward scenario here.
    The Risks are:
    1) Pettitte gets beat in 2 or 3 games and it costs us the division.
    2) Pettitte isn’t sharp enough to help us in the playoffs and costs us a crucial game in the best-of-five, where there is NO margin for error.

    1) Pettitte wins 2 or 3 of his starts and doesn’t cost us the division and also is sharp enough after those three starts(his first and only starts since the end of June, with no minor league rehab starts) to help us win in the postseason.

    Think about it folks, from a pure mathematical and logical standpoint, which are more likely to occur? The risks or the rewards? If you think about this while removing the emotion of Pettitte being one of the most loved Yankees ever, it is just obvious that the possible rewards here do NOT justify the serious risks. There is more possible downside here than upside. This is a mistake. He’s now going to pitch away games in Minnesota and Toronto in addition to today’s game, which should be probable wins with any other pitcher on the staff. We must win these “easy games” to win the division.
    We’ll be in jeopardy in all three games now. I don’t like it, not at all.

    • Mike you make an interesting case but I betted against Andy the first time he came back and I was wrong. I will never bet against him anymore. He came back off a whole year off and was terrific. And in the 1st inning today it doesn’t look like he missed a beat. His presence alone is huge.

      • He didn’t look good in the second, and is already at 50 pitches with only one out in the third inning. I love Andy, but this is a bad idea all the way around.
        The last time he came back he had minor league starts to build himself up and wasn’t rushed. I hope I’m wrong and this works, but I just don’t like it.
        We’ll be lucky if he makes it through 4 innings today and then we have to abuse the bullpen with a night game coming up. We need these games.

        • We got 3 long guys out there in Warren, Freddy, and Lowe so any one of them could give length. With this lineup Toronto has and a 3 run lead already no excuse for loosing this game. After what I saw earlier this year and his past postseasons I’m done betting against him. Just my view. In terms of helping us win these games getting him back allows Phelps to go back to the pen where we need him badly.

  2. Today’s a wonderful day! Blue skies! Double the baseball! And Brett Gardner returns to steal bases!! Man today will be great with a sweep of the Blue Jays!! 🙂

  3. I love Cano. That was simply fantastic. He took his time and stepped off the bag to avoid the slide and made sure he fired one of his bullets to end the inning.
    Looks like Andy can go one more inning. Who comes in after Pettitte? It was supposed to be Phelps last night but he is pitching tonight. Please, please, please, don’t tell me Freddy. Please, don’t do this to me.

  4. Ok, Andy was lucky and good. Now we have to sweat a couple of innings of either Lowe, Freddy, or Warren.

  5. I’m not watching the game so idk about hard hit balls or anything but what I do know is his best trait is his ability to get the key pitches to get out of jams. That is not luck. Awesome job Andy!

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