Games 147 & 148: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

It’s shaping up for a long day of baseball at Yankee Stadium, as the Blue Jays and Yankees will play a day-night, separate admission doubleheader today with first pitches set for 1:05 p.m. ET and 7:05 p.m. ET. The wind was whipping the flags atop Yankee Stadium like crazy last night — I thought the Cleveland flag might come loose at one point — but the weather is cooperating today and it’s a beautiful morning in New York.

Andy Pettitte has the ball in Game 1 for New York, with David Phelps pitching the nightcap. Toronto counters with Henderson Alvarez in the first game and Ricky Romero under the lights, as Yankees manager Joe Girardi will have to be somewhat creative juggling his roster now that the team has 16 games to play in 15 days.

“It’s a long day for the guys and you’re not going to play some of the guys two games,” Girardi said last night. “You probably physically can’t do that. We’re in a stretch where they’re going to go 15 days in a row, so you have to be smart about that. A lot of guys are going to play [Wednesday].”

Game 1: LHP Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.22) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (9-12, 4.91) • 1:05 p.m. / yes
Game 2: RHP David Phelps (4-4, 3.39) vs. LHP Ricky Romero (8-14, 5.87) • 7:05 p.m. / my9
Wednesday, September 19 • Yankee Stadium
Games #147/148 • Home Games #73/74 • Radio: wcbs (eng.)/wado(span. – g1 only)

Highlighted information from the Yankees’ media relations department:

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the first two games of a three-game series vs. the Toronto Blue Jays today at Yankee Stadium, making up last night’s rainout in game one… is their second opponent of a nine-game homestand – which matches their longest of the season – opening with a series win vs. Tampa Bay (2-1) and concluding with a three-game set vs. Oakland… following this ‘stand, make their final road trip of 2012 to Minnesota (3G) and Toronto (4G)… are 20 games over .500, three shy of their season high.
ð This series wraps up a stretch of 22 straight games vs. the AL East from 8/27-9/20 (9-10 thus far).
ð Have won two straight, five of their last seven games and seven of their last 11.
ð Today begins a stretch of 15 consecutive days with 16 games scheduled to close out the regular season for the Yankees.

FOR OPENERS: The Yankees are 28-19 (.596) in series openers in 2012…  have lost seven of their last eight, including each of their last six.

ACTIVATION: Prior to today’s games, the Yankees will reinstate LHP Andy Pettitte from the 60-day disabled list…  Pettitte is making his first start since 6/27 vs. Cleveland, when he was hit in the left ankle by a ground ball off the bat of Casey Kotchman and suffered a fractured left ankle…  a corresponding 40-man move will be necessary prior to the game to make room on the roster for Pettitte’s activation.

DOUBLE DIP: Today, the Yankees are scheduled to play their first doubleheader at home this season, second overall (also 7/7 at Boston)…played five doubleheaders in 2011 (going 2-0-3), their most since 2006 (also five)…have gone 13-1-16 in doubleheaders since 2000, getting swept just once – on 9/17/06 vs. Boston at the original Yankee Stadium… are playing Toronto in a doubleheader for the first time since 9/11/86 (W, 3-1 and 7-5).


Two interesting thoughts: 1. It is time to use Ichiro as an everyday player—lefties and righties—-he adds speed, defense, bunting, and low strikeouts to the equation. 2. It was refreshing to see Yankees stick an insurance run on the board after they tried to give it away in the 8th. Too often this year it has been the other team adding runs after a Yankee rally.


GREAT start by Andy only to have Robertson come in and do his usual. Frankly Mr. Robertson has been a disappointment this year and he might be going by the wayside. Inconsistency will NOT keep you in pinstripes for long, neither will a 1-7 record.


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