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Posts Tagged ‘Andy Pettitte’

Thanks, Andy

Posted by Andrew Zercie on February 3, 2011

The best night of Andy Pettitte's baseball career: Norwich Navigator Ace for a Day! Found at http://riveraveblues.com/. Great photo gallery of Pettitte's career there.

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Questioning the Yankees’ Starting Rotation

Posted by Andrew Zercie on January 23, 2011

It’s hard to believe, with all the snow we’ve gotten here in the Northeast, that spring training is just a few weeks away. As a fan of the New York Yankees, this hasn’t been the best of off-seasons, so I would like nothing more than to fast-forward to mid-February to see how the team is going to answer all of the questions that haunt them right now.

Before we get to February though, here is the first of a series of posts regarding the direction of the Yankees, both on the field and off of it. I will pose questions that need to be answered before the season begins, beginning with what I believe to be the most important question that still needs to be addressed.

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Yankees Should Focus on Adding John Lackey, not Roy Halladay

Posted by Andrew Zercie on December 7, 2009

He'd look good in Pinstripes, wouldn't he?

With the Baseball Winter Meetings set to open on Monday in Indianapolis, expect the rumors to fly, and figure the Yankees to be garnering headlines.

In fact, some stories have already come out, with predictions that the Yankees will reduce their payroll for the 2010 season. Of course, like last year, the public pronouncements about slashing payroll could be nothing more than a smokescreen, something that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is adept at concocting.

Remember when Cashman declared that the Yankees were comfortable with Bubba Crosby starting in CF in the offseason following the 2005 regular season? Then the Yankees swooped in and signed Johnny Damon when no one expected it.

Last year, history repeated itself when Mark Teixeira, who seemed headed to Boston, signed with the Yankees, and then revealed at his press conference the Yankees had been trying to get him from the start of the offseason.

This year’s cloak and dagger act may be all about securing the best starting pitcher on the market. Reading between the lines, one gets the sense that John Lackey will be in Pinstripes come April.

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ALCS: Start Spreading the News

Posted by Andrew Zercie on October 15, 2009

Look for a big ALCS from A-Rod.

Look for a big ALCS from A-Rod.

Because the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have made it to the postseason nearly every year this decade, it’s easy to forget that these teams have not had much success in October in recent seasons. The Yankees’ ALDS sweep of the Minnesota Twins earned them a berth in the ALCS for the first time since 2004. The Angels advanced to the ALCS for the first time since 2005.

The Angels have had the Yankees’ number since Mike Scioscia became their manager. As great as the Yankees’ roster is this season, the Angels’ success over them in October casts a shadow of doubt over the Yankees’ chances to move on to the World Series.

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Memo to Brian Cashman: It Ain’t Broke. Don’t Fix It.

Posted by Andrew Zercie on July 22, 2009

cc sabathiaThe July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching, but I expect the New York Yankees to stand pat.

The Yankees are not without their flaws, of course. However, the August 31 waiver deadline is the one to watch in regards to the New York Yankees.

My belief is that the Yankees do not need to make any trades right now. They should wait and see if the team remains relatively healthy from now until the end of August. Then, if needs arise, fill them if it makes sense to.

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New York Yankees: Grading the Rotation

Posted by Andrew Zercie on July 7, 2009

After handing out mid-season grades to the New York Yankees’ lineup, I felt compelled to give the starting rotation the same treatment. Well, maybe not the exact same treatment.

Uneven Season From C.C. So Far

Uneven Season From C.C. So Far

While the Yankees have scored the most runs in baseball thus far, their starting pitching hasn’t lived up to its enormous potential.

Here is a look at the six starting pitchers the Yankees have sent to the mound this season. Be warned, this report card isn’t pretty in some spots.

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