Andy has to be dandy in Anaheim

pettitte min.jpgAndy 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.”

  • • Who said history? Up 2-0 in the ALCS, the Yankees are in good position indeed, writes Mike Bauman. Since the advent of the best-of-seven format for the LCS, starting in
    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.

  • • 10 years, and probably $305 million by the time it’s all said and done. Is Alex Rodriguez earning his paycheck with this monster October? Or is he just finally performing like the postseason killer the Yankees thought he would be all along? Hard to believe the Yankees were considering letting him walk after ’07 … we’d probably be watching Miguel Cabrera or Scott Rolen at third base right now. Or as Brian Cashman said then: “Hello, Wilson Betemit!”
  • • Nerves of steel, Dave Robertson does not have. He keeps talking about needing to remember to breathe on the mound so he doesn’t get overwhelmed by situations. But it sure wouldn’t have looked like that from the 400 Level at Yankee Stadium, as Anthony DiComo writes. Offers Mariano Rivera: “He has done tremendous.”

    • 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.

  • 1 Comment

    Are you kidding me? Girardi going to the “books” – shouldn’t he KNOW what’s in the “books”..taking Robertson out. who was pitching exceptionally well, to let Acevas pitch? That guy isn’t much of a pitcher, especially in those situations.

    Girardi is going to manage his way OUT of the pennant. What a stupid,stupid move.

    While we are at it,why is Melky even IN the game. Sheese.

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