Vintage Pettitte

May 30, 2009 – 10:36 am

NYY 3, Cleveland 1. That was vintage Andy Pettitte. Lousy command, at least one runner on base every inning, 6 hits plus 5 walks over 5 innings. And yet after all was said and done, only one run given up. Apparently he was pitching hurt, but Andy didn’t use that as an excuse. Hurt or not, Pettitte gets the job done more often than not. The ultimate gamer.  Of course only going 5 innings can lead to bad results with this bullpen. But Alfredo Aceves came through with 3 solid innings and naturally Mariano had no problem wrapping it up with his typical one-inning save. The jury is still very much out on Aceves, but right now he’s clearly the best option Girardi has in the bullpen. Let’s hope he is in fact the real deal.

Offensively there wasn’t much to write home about. The Yankees did get 10 hits, but left 10 runners on base and only went 2-for-12 with RISP. The whiners will make a big deal of that, but hey — Cliff Lee didn’t win the Cy Young last year for nothing. Quite often when a team doesn’t hit well with RISP there’s a damn good reason, and last night that reason was Cliff Lee. When you beat the current Cy Young winner, you don’t complain about anything.

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