Pettitte Just Keeps On Keepin’ On

April 24, 2010 – 9:30 pm

Pitch Like Its 1996NYY 7, Los Angeles 1. Wow, yet another solid start from the Andy Pettitte. No more “gutting it out” through rough inning after rough inning — Pettitte is now breezing through lineups like it was 1996 all over again. Today he only allowed two runners to get in scoring position over eight innings, and actually had five 3-up-3-down innings. His control was near perfect, striking out eight and not walking a single batter. He’s now 3-0 with a team leading 1.29 ERA. Pretty incredible. CC watch out, your No. 1 starter position may be in jeopardy if this keeps up!

And more good news — the offense came back to life. After being held to four runs or less for three consecutive games, the Yankees were back to scoring the way they started out the young season. Everyone in the lineup except for Ramiro Pena either got at least one hit or scored a run. Robbie Cano continued his torrid pace with a 4-for-5 day, but probably the most pleasant surprise of the day was Brett Gardner going 3-for-5 hitting second in the lineup, and also getting his ninth stolen base of the season. We’re still dealing with small sample sizes, for sure, but after starting off hot and then cooling off some, Gardner is back to hitting .340 with an OBP of .436. With Nick Johnson continuing to struggle you have to wonder if maybe putting Gardner in the No. 2 slot in the order is starting to make a lot of sense.

So now the Yanks have a shot at keeping their undefeated series-winning streak alive Sunday, albeit with Javier Vazquez on the mound. But how sweet would it be to win a second series from the Halos, this time on their home turf? Time for Javier to get on track.

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