Joe Girardi said after the game that the Yankees have renewed optimism that Hideki Matsui will not need knee surgery. That’s good news given that Wilson Betemit (.242/.269/.424) was hitting sixth tonight.
‘Zilla took swings off a tee today and is working his way up to full-fledged BP. It seems he could be ready for the first game after the break.
I ventured into the Tampa Bay clubhouse after the game and it was interesting to hear Joe Maddon talk about Andy Pettitte. Because they had success against Pettitte previously this season, Maddon thought his hitters were too aggressive with Pettitte early in the game.
“Our approach wasn’t as good as it has been in the past against Andy. He was throwing his cutter down and away to lefties and not necessarily throwing fastballs in fastball counts. He had us off balance for eight innings,” Maddon said.
Down the hall, I asked Andy whether that was the case.
“I threw almost all cutters in those counts,” he said. “It’s a game, it’s a game. They adjust to you, you adjust to them. That’s what pitching is all about. Next time I’ll have to do something different.”
Pettitte is a pretty simple guy – in a good way. He listens to the catcher, he believes in the scouting report and his sole concern is executing the next pitch. Assuming his elbow holds up, the Yankees need to bring him back. He has thrown 119 innings this season and put them in a position to win the game in 13 of his 19 starts.