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Gameday Thread: Yankees (25-27) @ O's (26-25)

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Today's Starting Pitchers GS IP ERA WHIP BAA BB K W-L
Andy Pettitte - LH 10 59.0 4.27 1.44 .294 16 47 4-5
Jeremy Guthrie - RH 11 69.2 3.62 1.25 .237 23 44 2-5

I keep hearing people talk about, "Oh, Andy Pettitte will tell you himself he's not throwing his best!" If the Yankees are waiting on nearly 36-year old Andy Pettitte to start pitching better than this, they're going to be waiting a while, because he's throwing exactly the same as he has the last two seasons, and he's never been REMARKABLY better than this except for the scattered season here and there ('97, '02, and his excellent '05, which was lost in Roger Clemens and his sub-2 ERA -- hey, I wonder what those two were eating that year?).

Pettitte is 23-6 lifetime against the Orioles, yes. All awful teams for the most part. His 3.77 ERA and 1.44 WHIP against the Birds are hardly the sort of dominant figures you'd expect when people yammer on about how he owns us. The Yankees owned us those years, not Andy Pettitte in particular.

Pettitte, though, to be nice to the struggling Yankee faithful, is a better second half pitcher (3.53/1.30) than he is a first half pitcher (4.13/1.41).

I don't know why I'm bothering with this. Hank the Great says that the Yankees are going to be getting away from statistics and go back to how THE OLD Yankee and Dodger teams used to come up with players, so expect more stupid stories about guys pointing one way or the other while holding an entire Buick in their throwing arm or the like.

"Come up on this boy outside-a Omaha. We're out there to scout so-and-so. He was plowin' a field with his bare hands! I came back to ol' Hank and said, 'We oughta sign this boy. I got a feelin'.'"

Yankeeography: Ken Griffey III

Jeremy Guthrie has had another good season. Jeremy Guthrie is a better pitcher than Andy Pettitte.

Yankees AB AVG OBP HR RBI
1 Johnny Damon - LF 186 .280 .354 6 23
2 Derek Jeter - SS 182 .286 .342 2 24
3 Bobby Abreu - RF 195 .292 .355 7 34
4 Alex Rodriguez - 3B 119 .286 .361 7 17
5 Hideki Matsui - DH 178 .326 .403 6 24
6 Jason Giambi - 1B 132 .235 .385 10 25
7 Robinson Cano - 2B 188 .223 .276 4 19
8 Chad Moeller - C 49 .265 .345 1 8
9 Melky Cabrera - CF 169 .249 .310 6 21
Orioles AB AVG OBP HR RBI
1 Brian Roberts - 2B 187 .262 .352 3 17
2 Melvin Mora - 3B 190 .247 .301 6 27
3 Nick Markakis - RF 184 .250 .364 9 24
4 Kevin Millar - 1B 187 .246 .336 8 25
5 Aubrey Huff - DH 193 .249 .313 8 29
6 Ramon Hernandez - C 140 .229 .260 4 20
7 Jay Payton - LF 97 .237 .288 4 14
8 Adam Jones - CF 174 .253 .303 2 16
9 Alex Cintron - SS 14 .500 .533 0 1