9/15 – Yankees vs. Blue Jays
Not much in the way of pregame notes today – Brett Gardner gets rewarded for his daring stolen base last night with a start as Melky Cabrera gets a day off – except for this: Andy Pettitte will not start tomorrow vs. the Blue Jays, getting a full turn through the rotation to rest his aching left shoulder.
The Yankees don’t seem to think Pettitte’s situation is all that serious, and it’s not nearly as bad as it was last season when he sucked it up and logged a win in the final game across the street. But they have the luxury to let him rest until Monday in Anaheim, so they shall. Chad Gaudin gets the ball tomorrow instead.
Speaking of Gardner, here’s a fun fact from the Yankees game notes: Gardner has stolen 21 bases in 26 attempts this season…over the last 50 years (since 1960), only three other Yankees rookies have stolen at least 21 bases in a season – Alfonso Soriano (43SB in 2001), Willie Randolph (37SB in 1976) and Jerry Kennedy (25SB in 1969)…Gardner has been successful in 34 of his first 40 career attempts (85.0%).
And will the Yankees be more successful tonight against Roy Halladay than they were at the Rogers Centre, when Halladay threw a one-hitter that might have been the best pitching performance we’ve seen all year. We shall see…
BLUE JAYS (65-79)
|Pitching: RHP Roy Halladay (14-9, 3.03).|
|Pitching: RHP Sergio Mitre (3-2, 7.02).|