Yanks looking to rebound as Subway Series wraps up tonight
The Yankees will try to avoid being swept in a season series y the Mets for the first time in the history of Interleague play tonight, as Vidal Nuno gets the starting nod against Dillon Gee.
Nuno said this spring that he was trying to watch and learn a lot from lefties like CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. Earlier today, Pettitte – who will come off the disabled list to start Monday against the Indians – offered some high praise for what he has seen so far from Nuno.
“I saw him a little bit in the spring, I think I saw one of this starts,” Pettitte said. “He’s just got a great idea what he’s doing out there. He doesn’t try to do too much. He doesn’t overthrow. He can change speeds and he’s locating the ball very well.
“The other thing is, obviously, these guys haven’t seen him so they don’t have a good idea what he’s doing. He’s very confident and he’s very aggressive. He’s done a great job for us. He’s going to be able to stick around for a long time if he continues to throw strikes and change speeds the way that he’s doing.”
Here are some highlights from Joe Girardi’s meeting with the media this afternoon:
On Vidal Nuno: “I think what you learn is that he hasn’t been intimidated by this atmosphere. I think any time a guy gets call called up for the first time you wonder how he’s going to act compared to maybe how they do in Triple-A or in big league camp, but he’s seemed to be the same guy.”
On Ivan Nova’s performance last night: “We really liked what he did last night. He saved our bullpen, and we know the ability that he has. We’ve seen it. I think it’s just doing it consistently is the important thing, and getting back to where he was the first half of last year.”
On getting Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis back, potentially tomorrow: “When they get here, they get here. When they decide, and we decide that they’re ready, they’re ready. I hate putting a date one something because if a guy says, you know what, I just don’t feel right. For example if a guy hasn’t played, or has only played a few games, and he didn’t have a full spring training, and he says, you know what, I think I need some more at-bats. When you put a date on it, everyone says, was there a setback? So I don’t like putting dates on it. If they’re here tomorrow, I’ll be happy. If they’re here the next day, I’ll be happy. When they get here, they’ll be here.”
On Ichiro Suzuki’s performance: “He’s been getting some hits for us. It’s just more preventative in a sense, making sure everyone stays strong. Boesch swung the bat well last night, but I worry about — these guys are 38 and 39, some of these guys — running them out there every day.”