Pettitte Delivers Again

June 12, 2010 – 10:34 am

NYY 4, Houston 3. What started out looking like a slug fest after the first two innings, morphed quickly in to a pitchers’ duel, and when you have Andy Pettitte on the mound in one of those you are always in good shape these days. Pettitte pitched yet another gem, going 7.1 innings and giving up just three runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk. His record is now 8-1, his ERA is 2.46, and you could make a good argument he’s the best pitcher in the league right now. Pretty amazing.

Joba!After a rough first inning, Brett Myers pretty much held the Yankees in check, but it was too little too late. This time the Yankees made the most of every scoring opportunity that they had. Francisco Cervelli got a key 2-run single in the first to give them an early 3-0 lead, and then Mark Teixeira got what ended up being the game winning hit with a run-scoring single in the fifth. And let’s not overlook the contribution of rookie Kevin Russo. In the fifth with the score 3-2, he worked a lead-off walk, then stole second, went to third on Derek Jeter’s ground ball out, and ended up scoring on Teixeira’s hit. Filling in for Brett Gardner, he did exactly what Gardner would have done in that situation. Well played.

And let’s not overlook what Joba Chamberlain has accomplished of late. Coming in with one out and runners on second and third, he got Jeff Keppinger who had hit the ball hard in his first three at-bats to fly out, and then struck out Lance Berkman to hold the lead and turn it over to Mo in the ninth. That makes six straight good appearances for Joba, and in those 5.2 innings he’s given up just one run for an ERA of 1.59 and struck out 5 while not walking a single batter. Could Joba finally be settling in to the setup role? It’s starting to look pretty good.

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