Andy has to be dandy in Anaheim
Andy Pettitte has the ball this afternoon in what should be one of the bigger starts of his career, taking on the Angels in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
And while the Yankees can enjoy the 2-0 cushion in the series, they can’t allow that to let them get complacent – not here in Anaheim, where they historically have struggled and where the scars left by the Rally Monkey’s emergence are still visible.
“We’ve got to set the tone,” Pettitte said of the Yankees’ starting pitching.
“We know what’s expected out of us. We know we’re in a good place right
now, man. We all talk about what we need to do and what we want to do.
We’ve been able to go out there and effectively do it.”
1985, 20 teams have taken a 2-0 series lead. All but three of them have
advanced to the World Series. Cautionary note: One was the ’04 Yankees.
• Joe Girardi’s original plan holds. CC Sabathia will have the Angels in Game 4, which — if Pettitte follows through on what he’s conjuring up — could be a K.O. punch. At the very least, the Yankees would like their chances looking to go up 3-1 behind Sabathia, but Pettitte will be mighty peeved if it comes to that.