3/17 – Yankees at Phillies

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here are the lineups as Andy Pettitte starts against the Phillies in Clearwater, on a day when it seems like all eyes are on Joba Chamberlain. But Pettitte will begin his first game action of 2010 the same way he ended 2009 – with a start against the Fightin’ Phils…

Gardner CF
Johnson DH
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Thames LF
Winn RF
Cervelli C
Pena SS
Russo 2B

Andy Pettitte LHP
Also available – Damaso Marte, Joba Chamberlain, Royce Ring, Amaury Sanit, Ryan Pope

Rollins SS
Victorino CF
Werth RF
Howard 1B
Francisco LF
Ransom 3B
Castro 2B
Ruiz C

Pitching: Joe Blanton RHP

  • IF Brandon Laird has a sore elbow and will sit out a few days … Joe Girardi said this morning that he is looking forward to seeing how Chamberlain competes today. He didn’t come into the spring feeling like this job was Chamberlain’s to lose, and believes that whoever is not starting will be disappointed. … Girardi didn’t nix the idea that the Yankees could send Chamberlain to Triple-A as a starter if he doesn’t win the job, but reiterated that they’ll take the 12 best arms. … Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter have been spared the Friday night game at Port Charlotte against the Rays, thanks to rainouts.
  • Nick Johnson leads the Yankees with 3 HRs … is tied with Greg Golson and Nick Swisher with 5 RBIs … Robinson Cano leads the team with a .455 BA (minimum 13 at-bats) … Amaury Sanit is tied for the Grapefruit League lead with two wins … Alfredo Aceves leads the Yankees with 10 IP … Sergio Mitre leads the club with 7 K’s.
  • The Yankees are 6-5 on St. Patrick’s Day over the last 10 years, with two split squads (2001, 2002) and a 2005 rainout. The Bombers don’t take part in this tradition, but Tom Singer has a story today on MLB.com today about how the Reds started wearing green St. Patrick’s Day uniforms in a 1978 exhibition against Boss Steinbrenner’s boys. I didn’t see much green in the Yankee clubhouse today except for trainer Steve Donohue, who is sporting a green t-shirt that has the interlocking NY inside a shamrock.


Matt: You mean Mussina no doubt. Everyone seems so positive about what the Yankees are doing in Spring Training. They really haven’t dominated any team yet or won by convincing scores. I don’t like their record so far. Tampa Bay and the Blue Jays and the Sox are playing better than the Yankees. I know it’s only spring training but I wonder if this team has what it takes to repeat for the World Series. They barely got by Baltimore and Houston who are by no means burning things up. Arod doesn’t seem to be doing much offensively and the starting pitching has not really been stellar. Leave Joba as set up to Mo and Hughes in relief. I think Mitre or Aceves have earned the right to be seriously considered as #5 starter. I hope I turn out to be way out in left field in my predictions!


It appears certain regardless of what happens today Chamberlain will cement his place in the bull pen where he can use his most consistant pitches 96+ fast ball and wicked slider with devastating effect. Every time now for 12 months plus he starts his velocity always drops back 90-91 with nothing to back it up. I have been a huge Joba fan as we all have been but I am now totally convinced he has not got what it takes to be a starter on a consistant basis. In the bull pen though he may just be the heir apparent to Mo and that is where the team should go. I can see no one else to follow Mariano so they should start grooming him now as the set up man for a start. Hughes to me is an absolute lock as No5 in the rotation. Spring Training should go in that direction from the outset and create some stability and install the confidence in both Hughes and Joba. Both will be sensational in those roles if they know they have managerial support.

Aussie Bryan


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