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Pettitte looking to build on ALDS start

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 19, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The last time Andy Pettitte pitched against the Angels, he was just returning to the Yankees rotation after having his turn skipped because of shoulder fatigue. He took the loss and called the outing “disgusting.”

That start wasn’t all that long ago — September 21 — but Pettitte was a different pitcher last week against the Twins, and he’d much rather build on that Division Series start than think back to that previous start in Anaheim.

“Early in the game I wasn’t feeling very comfortable mechanically,” Pettitte said. “In Tampa, my last start, I felt the exact same way. I felt terrible mechanically. So really, against the Twins, going into that playoff start, I was a little worried about my mechanics because I felt like I was in such a good rhythm before I skipped that start that I hadn’t ironed my mechanics out really as good as I’d like to have going into the playoffs.

“But, mechanically, I felt great in the Minnesota start. So everything looked good. All my pitches were there for me. So I’m hoping I can just carry that right into my next start.”

Plus, let’s face it. This is Andy Pettitte in the playoffs. Maybe he’ll pitch well, maybe he won’t, but the Yankees must like their chances with him on the mound.

“For me it’s just hoping that I can get things going early,” Pettitte said. “My mechanics are together, and I’ll be able to ride it out throughout the course of the game.”





30 Responses to “Pettitte looking to build on ALDS start”

  1. YanksinCA October 19th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I’m a little worried with Pettitte starting tomorrow. I hope he proves me wrong. Burnett kinda proved me wrong…for 4 innings anyway.

  2. Pat M. October 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    m, i’m going to tomorrow’s game & Thursday if there’s a game 5……Say hello & goodbye to Bakersfield Nick in SF….One thing about that trip, is that you cruise at 100 mph just to keep up with the truckers…..

  3. RustyJohn October 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    I’m out of touch with civilization for a week and find the Yanks are up 2-0 (yeah) and Ronan Tynan has been banned from singing (what?)?!?!

    Apparently you can be convicted of felony obstruction of justice and making illegal campaign contributions (Steinbrenner), banned from the sport eight times for being a coke addict (Steve Howe) or a roid user (Clemens, Pettite, ARod, Giambi, Sheffield, et al) and still be affiliated with the team. However, make a bad joke and it is banishment.

  4. Erica - always OPPC October 19th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    15 hours and 9 minutes until Game 3!!!!!

  5. Erica - always OPPC October 19th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Good night Yankee people!!!

  6. m October 19th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Does Andy have an incentive clause for saying “mechanics” or any derivative thereof?

    pat m,

    Nice! So no Game 4? I hope you’re not offended when I say that I hope there’s no Game 5 for you to see.

  7. Jeremy October 19th, 2009 at 1:08 am

    How are you worried with Andy on the mound ? Are you serious ?

  8. haiku-man October 19th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    So,I was reading an article,by Greg Beacham at,entitled “Yankees at Los Angels,” and found a tidbit buried therein.

    The Angels,in their postseason history have never escaped
    a 0-2 playoff hole.

  9. sar515 October 19th, 2009 at 1:38 am


    Do you happen to be of the Jewish faith?

  10. pssst October 19th, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Tynan opened his mouth and inserted his big foot!

    Andy took Human growth hormone (hgh) NOT STEROIDS

  11. Justin in Iraq October 19th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Ronan Tynan’s voice sounds like a frog and is annoying, as is the whole God Bless America thing in the 7th inning (coming from a soldier currently deployed to Iraq for the 3rd time) It’s baseball. Just go back to Take Me Out To The Ballgame. This faux-patriotism schtick has lasted long enough in all aspects of America.

  12. Jim the VT Yankeefan October 19th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    The great thing about Andy pitching is that even if he has sub-par stuff, as he did much of the season, he knows how to limit damage. This year his opponent batting average was .259 with RISP it was .236.

    BTW his home/away splits are great. ERA 4.59/3.71, WHIP 1.490/1.257

    Having said all that, his numbers this year against LAA were very poor.

  13. Pat Buchanan October 19th, 2009 at 2:02 am

    RustyJohn is right. If you can’t make fun of the Jews who can you make fun of? I mean, at my weekend klan meetings, that’s all we do.

  14. GreenBeret7 October 19th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    Former Yankee Assistant GM, Kim Ng has interviewed for the Padres GM spot. It will be curious to see if she gets the job as to how she is treated by other GMs and whether they try taking advantage of her more than they would normally do with a new GM.

  15. m October 19th, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Ahem. Anyway.

    I hope Andy collects a win tomorrow. Just watched his interview with Ken Rosenthal who theatrically reminded Andy that he’s tied with Glavine for the record at 15 wins. These opportunities won’t come around often, so I hope it happens tomorrow.

    And of course an Andy win would mean a series clinching opportunity on Tuesday.

  16. davidson October 19th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    BRIAN FUENTES,ACE closer threw a 0-2 pitch to Alex, that sunk his team to an 0-2 postseason record,the irony of that pitch.

  17. GreenBeret7 October 19th, 2009 at 2:22 am

    October 19th, 2009 at 2:09 am
    Ahem. Anyway.

    I hope Andy collects a win tomorrow. Just watched his interview with Ken Rosenthal who theatrically reminded Andy that he’s tied with Glavine for the record at 15 wins. These opportunities won’t come around often, so I hope it happens tomorrow.

    And of course an Andy win would mean a series clinching opportunity on Tuesday.


    That’s what I’m hoping for….Two more wins by Andy Pettitte this year, three more wins by Sabathia and one more win by Burnett….no more losses and NYY becomes the first team in history to sweep the three tier Post Season. Only the 1976 Reds ever swept the 2 tier Post Season.

  18. Nick in SF in Los Angeles of Los Angeles October 19th, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Pat M, it was an annoying drive at times through the dark and fog, but I’m dining at a fave restaurant in K Town on Vermont.

    I’m not seeing evidence of a lot of Yankee people around, but the night is young.

  19. Nick in SF in Los Angeles of Los Angeles October 19th, 2009 at 2:52 am

    And agreed, only one more AJ appearance would be optimal.

  20. Jon October 19th, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Our boys will do well later today and let’s bring the pennant back to New York!! God bless the Yankees!

  21. 108 stitches October 19th, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Andy needs some good run support and he’ll give 6-7 quality innings. Ignore the rally monkeys in the crowd. There’s a lot of Yankee fans in So. California.

  22. Fran (the original) and OPPC member October 19th, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Hoping for another quality start by a Yankee starter in the playoffs and have confidence that Andy can do that. Let’s go Yankees!

  23. 86w183 October 19th, 2009 at 7:47 am

    I don’t care what happens to Ronan Tynan but agree with Justin that this patriotism masquerade has run its course.

    Besides Tynan’s album version of God Bless America lasts longer than game two did!

    I’m not a big fan of “post-season” records because it is so blatantly skewed in favor of the wild card era players. Still, someone has to have the most post-season wins so it might as well be Pettite.

  24. Fondo Motz October 19th, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I expect big things from Andy this afternoon.

    Go Yanks!

  25. jonnycat October 19th, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Can someone remind me why this game is starting so early? Before work ends? Yikes…

  26. Fondo Motz October 19th, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Probably because the Phillies and Dodgers have the late start

  27. Jay October 19th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Chad, this is radicilous, I’m an ultra orthodox jew & I never saw anything anti semitic writen on this group when pete was here, can’t u filter anti semitic coments?? This grp became just bad & if those ugly coments won’t stop I’ll get together with other jews & close this grp by court…

  28. Brian from PA October 19th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    So I just had to jump on a risky opportunity because I might not get it again if the situation becomes official..but i talked to a guy who knew a guy and got myself 2 tickets for WS game 5 at citizens bank park…120 a piece, decent seats. Now i’m just praying the Yankees and Phillies don’t collapse…and that at least the Phils get in so I can still sell the tix If the Yanks don’t make it. Anyway if it works out maybe I can see the Yanks clinch, if the Phillies fans don’t kill me first!

  29. stanzy October 19th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    You serious, Jay? One guy points out that (he thinks) it’s ridiculous that an ill-advised and unfunny comment gets one man banished by the team but breaking laws and the rules of baseball does not. Another guy pretends to be Pat Buchanan and makes fun of Buchanan *for being* anti-semitic. So exactly which anti-semitic comments on this thread should be filtered?

    Jeez! I mean, I get the Yankees axing Tynan. He made a controversial comment that could offend a significant portion of the Yankee fan base, and he’s definitely not a necessary part of the organization. I also get people being very sensitive about such comments. Though Tynan is powerless and cannot ’cause any real harm to anyone, the attitude of too many people regarding antisemitism is way too cavalier. But let’s keep things in perspective, here. No one’s saying Tynan is not a jerk. And, as far as I’ve seen, no comments here have been anti-semitic, aside from those attributed to “Pat Buchanan,” who that commenter is obviously ridiculing for antisemitism.

    Put away the big stick, Jay. It’s fine to register your displeasure with comments you find objectionable. But tossing around empty threats about shutting down the blog (through the courts, no less) just makes you look silly.

    And please, everyone, enough of the Tynan story. He did something stupid, he got banned. The end. Let’s stick with baseball.

    Go Yankees!

  30. PittsburghYankeeFan October 19th, 2009 at 11:06 am


    I’m Jewish as well. Where is the anti-semitism here? Some guy makes a crack about a klan meeting, tongue in cheek? Just ignore it.

    Rusty John

    The joke was stupid, but I agree with the Yankees zero tolerance policy here. Why make Tynan the subject of the news, when it should be about the Yankees?

    On another note, why not name some Red Sox in your list of steroid users? Plus, Steinbrenner owns the team.

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