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All eyes on Trenton

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 09, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariners Yankees BaseballJust landed in Texas, where my rental car might be nicer than my hotel room. That’s not a knock on the room, which is perfectly nice, but free upgrades are outstanding and this car is seriously the nicest vehicle I’ve ever driven.

Anyway…

Obviously the focus of tonight will be in Trenton where Andy Pettitte is making a rehab start for the Thunder. He should be good for four innings or 65 pitches. As long as there’s an opportunity for him to make a second rehab start, he will.

“If we run out of minor league games he could (come back after one),” Brian Cashman said. “If we have minor league games still going, no matter how good he is tonight, we’d like for him to keep going.”

That’s all a precautionary thing. This is a controlled environment where, to some extent, Pettitte can ease himself back up to game speed.

A few other tidbits from the minor leagues:

• Jesus Montero had surgery to clear out some infection in his ankle. “It’s minor, but I think he’s going to be out for the (Triple-A) playoffs,” Cashman said.

• Wilkin De La Rosa has been designated for assignment to make room for minor league lefty Steve Garrison who was claimed off waivers from the Padres. It’s basically a swap of one young lefty for another, but the Yankees are hopeful De La Rosa will get through waivers. Baseball America did not have Garrison among the Padres Top 30 prospects, but the Yankees have a guy who knows a little bit about the Padres minor league system. “Kevin Towers obviously was involved in that process,” Cashman said.

J.B. Cox has been suspended after an altercation with manager Tony Franklin. I’ve always gotten along with Cox and was happy to hear he was coming back this season after considering retirement, but a dugout blowup doesn’t sound good.

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86 Responses to “All eyes on Trenton”

  1. Tom in N.J. September 9th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Anything is nicer than a tractor, Chad.

  2. Chad Jennings September 9th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I don’t know, Tom. Some tractors are pretty roomy.

  3. Betsy September 9th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Champ, I think Phil is just maybe reaching the end of his rope in terms of stamina because he hasn’t pitched this much in a long time….He has stayed healthy and made every one of his starts, so that’s huge. He’s a big guy and he works hard, so I imagine next year he’ll be fine. Up until recently, he’d been able to go 6 or 7 innings, no problem, but his high pitch counts are not allowing that now.

    His stint in the pen helped and hurt him; I think it hurt in terms of him falling too much in love with his FB. I hope that he genuinely understands that he needs his secondary pitches to reach his potential; if he does, then I see him working very hard in the off-season to improve those. I’m more concerned about his curve than his change.

    As to his problems pitching in YS, short of coming up with a 2 seamer, I’ve no idea what he can do to fix the problem.

  4. Joe from Long Island September 9th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Chad – I’m going to need a new car soon. What are you driving?

  5. SAS September 9th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Chad,

    How hot is it in Texas?

  6. Betsy September 9th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I’m surprised the Yankees just haven’t let Cox go; this guy is not a prospect and he’s already left them once – when he was contemplating retirement. It seems like he’s more trouble than he’s worth. I read about this incident on another board and Cox sounds like he was really insubordinate.

  7. Betsy September 9th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Hurry back, Andy!

    Man, I miss this guy – and so does the rotation

  8. SAS September 9th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Betsy,

    I agree. I think the season has worn on Hughes. He needs to find a way to get through the grind of such a long season. I am sure he is being given help in that direction. I think skipping him this go round is a good thing.

  9. Chad Jennings September 9th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    It’s about 90 degrees down here, and I honestly don’t know what kind of car it is. A fairly big SUV. Does that narrow it down?

  10. Robin September 9th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Chad,

    can you take and post a pic of your ride?

    Atleast, what make is it.

  11. Jerkface September 9th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    wouldn’t be so quick to say that Swisher is less patient this year over last year. It’s more that pitchers have better control. There’s no pitcher in baseball that has close to 100 walks allowed this year. The closest would be CJ wilson’s 81. It will have been a long time since that happened, if it does.

    ??? Pitchers overall walks does not have much to do with patience. Swisher has 52 walks with a month left to play. Last year he had 97. Tex and Gardner are both up around 80! You’re telling me pitchers are gonna walk those 2 guys but somehow have control against Swisher?

    He is swinging 10% more than his career average. He is actually seeing LESS pitches in the zone! And his walk rate is under 10% for the first time in his career. You don’t lose 7% of your walk rate because pitchers suddenly figure it out. Not when guys like Gardner have added 7% to their walk rate.

    Tex, Posada, and Gardner all walk more than Swisher.

    I think its pretty obvious that Swisher’s approach is the variable here. He is a confident hitter now, capable of hitting for average. Its possible you might see a ‘settled down’ Swisher next season who splits the difference and gets his walks back up.

  12. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Cox was apparently unhappy about being removed from the game last night after .2 innings in which he wasn’t especially effective giving up a walk and a single. He went nose to nose in the dugout.

    My guess? He Gone…for good.

  13. Bronx Jeers September 9th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    An SUV? in Texas?

    That’s probably considered a compact down there.

  14. Gehrig27 September 9th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    It’s a Ford Edge with a panoramic vista roof…. Jeter has one.

  15. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Yeah, you’re right. Swisher is walking less to piss off the numbers geeks. I’ll take the hits over the walks every time.

  16. Joe from Long Island September 9th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    A fairly big SUV. Well, that’s not quite what I’d be looking for, but whatever floats your boat….or tractor.

  17. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    SUVs are just fancier covered wagons than the last generation used in Texas.

  18. jpb173 September 9th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Wilkin De La Rosa has been designated for assignment to make room for minor league lefty Steve Garrison who was claimed off waivers from the Padres. It’s basically a swap of one young lefty for another, but the Yankees are hopeful De La Rosa will get through waivers. Baseball America did not have Garrison among the Padres Top 30 prospects, but the Yankees have a guy who knows a little bit about the Padres minor league system. “Kevin Towers obviously was involved in that process,” Cashman said.

    ===========================================

    Does this mean that Garrison has been added to the 40 man roster?

  19. pcleez September 9th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Well don’t just rave about the thing, post a pic, or at least tell us what it is. Also it is true, Jeter has an edge. Totally.

  20. Tex September 9th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    you can listen to Andy pitch for Trenton here: http://www.rider.edu/175_16702.htm

  21. Ruby Tuesday September 9th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    My guess is that Andy will not be available this post season.

  22. GayleF September 9th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Tex these broadcasters are pretty good lol

  23. 108 stitches September 9th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Four clean innings will do just fine for Andy tonight.

  24. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    The Tampa Yankees took Dunedin in two straight for the FSL Northern Division Title. The League Championship starts tomorrow.

    scranton leads tonight 1-0 on Justin Christian’s 3rd inning solo homer off of Zach McAllister.

    Dave Miley was tossed by the 2nd base umpire for arguing an out call.

  25. blake September 9th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I think its possible that one reason Swisher has walked less is because he’s hit 2nd a lot in front of Teixera and Arod and has been seeing good pitches to hit…..

  26. BIG AL September 9th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Unless Andy has a major set back during his rehab starts, he’ll be back in time to get ready for the post season. There has been no news to indicate other wise.

  27. jacksquat September 9th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Tex September 9th, 2010 at 7:07 pm
    you can listen to Andy pitch for Trenton here: http://www.rider.edu/175_16702.htm

    not funny

  28. BIG AL September 9th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    It wil not one bit of difference who pitches for the NYY, if the offense does not get it’s act together, and start hitting with RISP.

  29. Giuseppe Franco September 9th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    It’s too bad the troll Ruby Tuesday won’t make himself unavailable the rest of the year.

  30. Jerkface September 9th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I think its possible that one reason Swisher has walked less is because he’s hit 2nd a lot in front of Teixera and Arod and has been seeing good pitches to hit…..

    He has seen less fastballs actually this season. I think its not likely the pitching which has really changed, but Swisher’s ability to handle pitches. He is going to hit near .300 for the first time in his career and I think it has him charged to swing.

  31. LGY September 9th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    “I’ll take the hits over the walks every time.”

    ——————————–

    Who wouldn’t?

  32. Tex September 9th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    jacksquat September 9th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    not funny, what? That’s the link to the radio station (WRRC 107.7)

  33. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Pettitte through 2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout. 4 groundouts, 0 flyouts. N0 score

  34. jacksquat September 9th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Tex September 9th, 2010 at 7:26 pm
    jacksquat September 9th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    not funny, what? That’s the link to the radio station (WRRC 107.7)

    I listened and it was playing some weird music…

  35. Jerkface September 9th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I’d still like to see Swish walk some more. He has gotten on base 20 less times in a similiar amount of PA’s to last year.

  36. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    This should be a free list to the Trenton game. Let me know if it doesn’t work

    http://www.wgiram.com/mediapla.....nel_title=

  37. Tex September 9th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Andy’s line so far. 2 inn, 1 hit, 0 BB, 1K, 24 pitches, 17 for strikes, 4 ground outs

  38. blake September 9th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    “He has seen less fastballs actually this season. I think its not likely the pitching which has really changed, but Swisher’s ability to handle pitches. He is going to hit near .300 for the first time in his career and I think it has him charged to swing.”

    I agree he’s handling pitches better, especially on the outer half. Not saying they are pitching him different in general….just that when he hits 2nd in the order pitchers are going to be more careful not to walk him regardless of how many fastballs he sees.

  39. Patrick September 9th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    The hated Keith Law says Andys fastball is topping out at 87-89 if anyone cares

  40. Tex September 9th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Jacksquat/

    that’s odd.

    Here’s the station list http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....p?sid=t463 scroll down to Trenton Thunder.

  41. Patrick September 9th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    When a Yankee game is on you can’t listen on 880′s website. I’m guessing the same is the case here.

  42. Tom in N.J. September 9th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    GB, the link works, Thanks.

  43. jacksquat September 9th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    The one GB7 posted is working.

  44. Joe from Long Island September 9th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks, GB.

  45. pat September 9th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    PeterBotte Two wild pitches put NH runner on 3rd in 3rd. Romine goes out, presumably says, “This guy is batting 9th in Double-A. You’re Andy Pettitte.”

  46. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Ben Watkins, pitcher with Charleston has replaced JB Cox on the Trenton roster.

    One thing Pettitte is finding out is that Romine can’t catch his cutters. 2 wild pitches that bounced off of Romine after bouncing in front of him.

    Pettitte thru 3 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts. 2 wild pitches and 6 groundball outs (1 was a DP).

  47. Patrick September 9th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    GB7 you are right, YES should definitely be airing this game. I’d love to watch it live :(

  48. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Good deal on the link, guys. Enjoy it . Somebody can keep the others updated and I’ll pay attention to the scranton game. If anyone wants the scranton game day link, let me know. can’t give you the video but the audio is also available for free.

  49. SAS September 9th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I got the station, but then couldn’t use the computer. I don’t care about the game…Just Andy.

  50. blake September 9th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I wish somebody would broadcast these games. Hopefully MILB.com will cover more AA games next year….

  51. Tex September 9th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    so far, 40 pitches, 29 for strikes.

  52. LGY September 9th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I forgot I read this but I don’t think they air the games because it is not worth it financially. The cost of sending the TV crew out there v. the amount of viewers YES will get. How many people outside of LoHud are going to watch a Trenton Thunder game?

  53. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    David Phelps thru 4 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts. 63 pitches, 37 strikes.

  54. blake September 9th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Phelps has pitchability.

  55. LGY September 9th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Video of Andy from the game:

    http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com/

  56. blake September 9th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    LGY,

    who cares if its profitable…they should do it just for me. I’m selfish.

  57. Don September 9th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Andy made through four innings without giving up a run.

  58. Tex September 9th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    And Andy is done for the night.

    4 innings, 2 hits, 0 BB, 4K

  59. Ruby Tuesday September 9th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Andy sure is dandy against AA players.

  60. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Pettitte thru 4 innings. 4 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks 4 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 51 pitches.

  61. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    His limit is 65 pitches. I’d bet on him opening the 5th inning.

  62. Joe from Long Island September 9th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    LGY,

    who cares if its profitable?they should do it just for me. I?m selfish.

    That’s the spirit! YES used to broadcast the SI Yankees games, but that was in their first year or two of broadcasting, I think. Shame they don’t do it anymore.

    It is a hoot listening to the radio link GB provided. Minor league baseball, nothing like it. I remember going to a Scranton game, last year, with the LoHud outing. My wife and I had a great time, it truly was an experience. Got to meet Pete, Chad (still working in SWB), Shelly Duncan, and Cisco. Ivan Nova pitched, unfortunately not one of his good games. One of my memories is Ramiro Pena playing CF and doing a creditable job, with a strong throw to home plate.

  63. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Tomoorow’s starter is Banuelos. Warren will pitch when Pettitte is done.

  64. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    ***Tomorrow’s***

  65. blake September 9th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Phelps has some pretty incredible numbers at Trenton 6-0, 2.04 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 84K’s to 23 walks… he knows what he’s doing out there.

  66. BJK September 9th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Ruby Tuesday says:

    September 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Andy sure is dandy against AA players

    ——————————–

    Oh, Ruby. You’re the bestest troll ever.

  67. jacksquat September 9th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Warren is in.

  68. LGY September 9th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    blake,

    If you foot the bill for Cliff Lee’s salary I’m sure they will broadcast any minor league game you want! :)

  69. CR9 September 9th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Spain versus Spain. Will Spain win? Rafa, Rafa, Rafa! Rafa/Roger awaits! Rafa, Rafa, Rafa! Favre Favre Favre! Favre Favre Favre! What a sports weekend!

  70. Joe from Long Island September 9th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    And Andy’s done, they’re going with Warren, not a bad pitcher in his own right.

  71. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    51 pitches, 37 strikes for Pettitte. Very surprised that Pettitte didn’t go his full limit.

  72. blake September 9th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    LGY,

    lol, I’ll just have to wait til they make it to Scranton or NY then.

  73. Bronx Jeers September 9th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    How happy are these NH guys now that Pettitte’s no longer pitching?

  74. Tex September 9th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    one more start, and Andy should be back for the series in Baltimore or Tampa on Sept 19th.

  75. LGY September 9th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Andy’s limit was 4 innings or 65 pitches.

  76. SJ44 September 9th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    You wonder what kind of life a Red Sox troll must have to troll a Yankee blog for years under different names with moronic predictions, contributing nothing to this place.

    He then has to live with the reality of his team missing the playoffs again.

    You can’t call him a moron because it would be an insult to morons everywhere.

    He’s just a sad, little little troll with no life.

  77. SAS September 9th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Maybe they took all the warm up pitches into consideration too. But he did well. He’ll be fine by the end of the month.

  78. Madrugador September 9th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Petit, 4 innings pitched, 2 hits, 4 strikeouts, 0 walks. Pitched to 13 batters so must have been a DP somewhere along the line. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.

  79. CR9 September 9th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    “He’s just a sad, little little troll with no life.”

    HAHA! I think a more adequate term would be a criminal! Like team, like fans! Criminals! :lol:

  80. Jerkface September 9th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I say just activate Pettitte and give him a caddy for his next start.

  81. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    The Fishercat announcer is bad, but, he’s light years ahead of of Charleston’s danny Reed who uses every baseball chiche imaginable,, but, usually at the wrong times. Other than that he’s just boring. His closing is not exactly “Theeeeeeeee Yankees Winnnnnn”. It’s, “And they’ll be doing the Charleston ALLLL NIGGGHHHTTT LOOOOONG!”

  82. pat September 9th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    PeterBotte Pettitte will throw his remaining pitches in the bullpen after needing 51 to get thru 4 scoreless.

  83. Tex September 9th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    4 innings is a good outing for someone who hasn’t pitched 53 days.

  84. GreenBeret7 September 9th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    ***cliche***

  85. LGY September 9th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    :arrow:

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