Tagged: Andy Pettitte

Pitchers’ ERA redefined.

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Pitchers this season have their ERA sitting below 3.00. Such ERAs are not uncommon that I forgot what the value stands for.
2.00 to 3.00 = Excellent, only achieved by best pitchers in the league.

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Ubaldo Jimenez, the MLB leading pitcher in ERA has 0.78. He also leads MLB in wins (10-1) and WHIP (0.90). Halimaw! Most pitchers I know always start their ERA with “2” that having an ERA started with “3” makes one look average.

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Phil Hughes before his first pitch against the Chicago White Sox on 02 May, 2010.
6 hits/18 innings with 18 strikeouts
That can be translated as 1 hit in 3 innings and 1 strikeout per inning.
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If there is one starting pitcher whom I would like to blame why I forgot the ERA rating, that’d be Phil Hughes. For three consecutive starts, he had his ERA started with “1”: 1.44, 1.69, 1.38, respectively. His other ERAs start arejust around “2.”
Phil Hughes has 10 games started with 7-1 record, tying it with veteran Andy Pettitte. Both place second in AL in wins.
When the All-Star Game is over, I wonder what will become of The Chief, The Freak, of Philthy Hughes, and the other aces of the Major League.

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Phillies and Yankees on World Series

Old Guard.jpgThe wait is finally over.

After
5 days of waiting, the Philadelphia Phillies now know which team will
they face. The New York Yankees just defeated the LA Angels in the
American League Series of Game 6, 5-3 on board. It was a game that
lasted for 3 hours and 40 minutes with 50,173 people in full
anticipation.

The Phillies and Yankees have faced each other
during the regular season, and the Phillies have won the series, 2-1,
against the Yankees. Game 2 of that series was a walk-off win as Melky
Cabrera hit a single, scoring Robinson Cano. Alex Rodriguez provided
the tying run, a two-run homer to the right field.

Game 1 of the
World Series will be started in the Yankee Stadium and starting
pitchers will be CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee. Both pitchers are
considered aces in their ball clubs. But who will prevail?

Cliff
Lee has a 14-13 record, 245 hits, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts, and a 3.22
ERA. CC Sabathia, on the other hand, has an amazing 19-8 record. He has
allowed 197 hits and 67 walks while striking out 197. If Mo is capable
of calming the Yankees organization, and fans alike, during the late
innings, CC has a calming effect on me when he’s starting for the
Bombers.

Both NL and AL teams know how big the World Series will
be. The Philadelphia Phillies will do everything to defend their title
while the New York Yankees will be looking forward for a 27th World
Series title.

There are a lot of World Series rookies from the
Yankees, but the Old Guard remains intact. The last Old Guard
appearance in the World Series, excluding Andy Pettitte who was in the
Astros, was on 2004. This would be a nice reunion, especially that
Pettitte is back to the Yankees. With new members in their club, the
World Series will be more exciting.

Yogi.jpgThe Phillies and Yankees are
strong teams in their respective leagues, but only one team will claim
the 2009 World Series title. I am a fan of both teams, but I am rooting
for my top favourite team, the New York Yankees.

The National
and American League Series are over.  But, “It ain’t over till it’s
over.” It must be a wonderful night for Yogi Berra who watched the
game. I’d love to hear what he’s got to say about Game 6.

The Yankees Sweep the Twins Away.

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Sunday night was a big night at the
Metrodome in Minnesota as the game is going to determine whether there
will be a game 4 or will the Yankees move forward to the American
League Championship Series.

The Yankees’ starter was “Mr. Iron Gaze” Andy Pettitte who had 14 wins
in the post-season. He may be a force in the mound but the remaining
members of the team must bring some actions too.

And actions and dramas were plenty in the game.

Twins’ first hit is from Cuddyer the tagger.
After tagging Matsui and stepping into the bag for the double play in
the top of the fifth, Michael Cuddyer started the bottom of the inning
line up and gave the Twins their first hit in a 0-2 count.

But that’s all there was for the Twins’ first baseman as he got into a force out when Jason Kubel hit in the right field.

If Cuddyer tags, A-Rod ties.
Top of the 7th. Teixeira grounded out and A-Rod’s on full count, but
nothing could stop the aggressive Alex Rodriguez from helping his team.
Just one hit, just one home run to tie the game. Again.

And tie the game, A-Rod did. It was his second post season home run
and tying run. The third baseman’s last home run, also against the
Twins, was a 2-run
homer in the the ninth inning that tied the game 2 of the series on
Friday night.

A-Rod also scored in the top of the ninth on Robinson Cano’s RBI single.

Posada, more than a catcher.
Bottom of the eight. Nick Punto hit a double off Phil Hughes’ 94 MPH
fastball. But with Span’s groundball, the Yankees made sure that no run
shall score.

With a quick pick, Jeter threw the baseball home to Posada. But giving
up a run was not enough. In a flash, Posada fired to A-Rod tagging
Punto who was late to get back on the third base.

Mo, the closer.
Cuddyer may be able to hit a single against Mo’s 92 MPH cutter, but the
Sandman struck out the next two batters, Jason Kubel and Delmon Young.
The Yankees were then one out away. The last batter in the box was
Brendan Harris, but he grounded out to Jeter to Texeira.

Mo also broke Joe Mauer’s bat with a 91 MPH cutter at the bottom of the 8th.

Old Guard Pettitte
More than Rivera closing the game, Andy Pettitte also made his
contribution as part of the Old Guard, which includes Jeter, Posada and Rivera.
He struck out 7 and allowed only 3 hits in 6 1/3 innings and made his
15th post-season win.

The New York Yankees sealed the game with 4-1 win against the Minnesota Twins.

Their celebration will not just be for the series sweep against the
Minnesota Twins as they are moving forward to the ALCS.
They are going to face the LA Angels.

Another missed game.

I wasn’t able to watch the Tuesday noon game of the Yankees vs. Blue Jays. Thanks to ESPN, there was no live telecast.

When I checked the Yankees.com,
I found plenty of video highlights. I missed a lot! Joba Chamberlain
may not be my favourite starter, but it was still a game I would like
to watch. I want to see and know how every Yankee player does his role.
Besides, I’m always curious how he pitches when Posada is his catcher.

Albeit missing the game, I thank God that the Yankees won again. It’s their third win against the Blue Jays. One more win and they will tie with the Red Sox. One more win and it’ll be a sweep against my second favourite team.

I may like the Blue Jays, but not as much as the Yankees. I still want
the Yankees to win, and I do mind if they lose to the Blue Jays.

Tomorrow is the fourth and last game of the Yankees vs. Blue Jays. Mr.
Steel Gaze will be the starting pitcher. Too bad ESPN will not air the
game. I really hate it.

Can I teleport to the Yankee Stadium? Please?

By the way, I am glad that Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Mariano Rivera made it to the All-Star Game roster. Thank you for everyone who voted for the Yankees’ captain and first baseman.

Music:
Muse – Supermassive Blackhole

Tuesday Night Game

But it’s Wednesday morning in the Philippines. It’s Wednesday night here right now.

Watching Baseball and talking about what happened is quite hard when I
have to mention the time. Even if my readers are Filipinos (in my other
blogs), I still have to say “last night” and just add “(morning in
Manila)” because one time-line is not enough. I think I’ll just have
troublesome explaining it, so never mind.

The New York Yankees had their first game of the series against the Seattle Mariners. First game, first win. 8-5.

I wasn’t able to watch the game live on ESPN, but I was in MLB’s
Gameday. It’s where I am whenever ESPN Philippines isn’t showing any
live Baseball game. Like what I was doing lately, I was jotting down the game details.

I’d say the hero of the game was Melky Cabrera. I admire this guy. He’s
just so fun to watch and he’s a real team player. I’ve seen him making
sacrifice bunts for his team. He’s not playing for his own records.
He’s playing for his team.

Melky helped bring 3 runs for the Bombers. One of them was his.

The Yankees had their 6th straight win on Tuesday night. I hope they’ll win the series against the Mariners.

Wednesday night starting pitcher will be Andy Pettitte. How I wish ESPN
will show the game. I want to see Mr. Steel Gaze pitch. Perhaps I
just want to see the steel gaze of the pitcher.

By the way, 4 hours before the game, Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira had a chat with some fans. He answered questions about, of course, Baseball, including Mariano Rivera, his favourite ball player, tips for aspiring athletes, and the new Yankee Stadium. It was fun, though he haven’t answered a questioned I submitted. I should’ve submitted them earlier. I was online at least an hour before the appointed chat time. Losh!

Music:
Natasha Thomas – Sunshine After Rain