Posts Tagged ‘Andy Pettitte’

With the addition of Andy Pettitte to the Yankees’ pitching staff, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that there’s not enough room for everybody in the starting rotation. Yesterday, Joe Girardi made it known that he doesn’t care about anyone’s performance in the past or the circumstances of their arrival to the Yanks, just the way they pitch now. He said:

If you don’t want somebody to take your job, pitch that way. It’s really simple. Let’s say the job was given to you and you were struggling. They’re going to look for someone to give the job to. You have to produce. That’s the world we live in in New York. It’s not like, ‘You’re this guy and we’re going to give you 20 starts no mater what happens.’ We don’t live in that world here.

In other words, put up or shut up, boys. What a welcome departure from the days of Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright. Michael Pineda’s been struggling with his velocity. Now it’s get it up or off to the bullpen. You can have all the motivational speeches in the world during spring training but nothing’s going to light the fire under a guy’s ass than the threat of losing his job. It’s nice to see athletes getting treated like the rest of us.

Even if Andy sucks, at least we’ll know which guys really deserve to start. But judging from today’s bullpen session and how much he and Russell Martin got each other’s juices flowing (no homo), it looks like Pineda, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, and Freddy Garcia are going to have to pick their games up if they want to stay in the rotation.

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Holy shit. When I saw Andy Pettitte was returning to the Yankees, I assumed it was as a spring training instructor or goodwill ambassador or something. Nope, the old man is coming back in pinstripes. I wonder if Jorge feels like an idiot now for retiring. We could’ve have the Core Four back together. In case you’re keeping track at home, we’ve gone from Core Four to Core Three to Core Two to Core Three in about a year. Even Oprah’s weight doesn’t change as often.

Andy is a legend and he can do whatever the fuck he wants. Make a comeback at 39? Sure. Hump George Steinbrenner’s massive plaque in Monument Park? Why not. Pettitte actually pitched well in 2010 until he was hit by injuries. If he comes back in May or June like they’re projecting, he should be able to last until October.

The Yanks’ pitching was the big reason they lost last year, and even with the additions of Pineda and Kuroda, they could use as many pitchers as possible. The Supernova might have trouble in his sophomore season as hitters figure him out, Freddy Garcia is banged up, Phil Hughes is a question mark, Pineda’s velocity has been down, and who knows how Kuroda will react to the AL. Andy is still Mr. Clutch in October and that’s all that matters with the Bombers. If there’s a big game, there’s no one I’d rather see on the mound. It doesn’t matter how old he is. Guess after hearing all of Joe Girardi’s motivational tactics while visiting Tampa, #46 just couldn’t resist coming back.

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