|Thursday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Ryan Dempster vs. Andy Pettitte||04.04.13 at 9:34 am ET|
Red Sox fans will get their first regular-season look at Ryan Dempster when he takes the mound Thursday in the last game of the Sox’ series against the Yankees. Andy Pettitte will start for the Yankees.
Between the Cubs and Rangers last year, Dempster put up a 3.38 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He started the year well, but after being traded to the Rangers, his numbers fell off somewhat. His strikeouts increased, but so did his walks, and he allowed a career-high 1.30 homers per nine innings.
However, Dempster’s struggles in Texas were relatively out of character, and the Sox expect him to be more like the player he was in Chicago: a solid, mid-rotation pitcher, averaging around 200 consistent innings a year. In 21 2/3 spring innings, he finished with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.
As a National Leaguer for most of his career, Dempster hasn’t seen a lot of the Yankees (before the Cubs, he pitched for the Marlins and Reds). The Red Sox are a bit more familiar with Pettitte, who’s faced them 39 times over his 17-year career, going 18-10. His career WHIP against Boston is an ugly 1.46, though, and he’s struggled especially since 2007 against the Sox.
This year in spring training, Pettitte put up a 3.52 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 15 1/3 innings. He struck out 14 and walked four.
Pettitte didn’t pitch against the Sox at all last year. The last time he did was Oct. 2, 2010, a 6-5 Yankees win. Pettitte left that game after just four innings, allowing nine hits and three earned runs, though he struck out eight. The only Boston player who played in that game and still is on the active roster is Daniel Nava.
In Dempster’s last start against the Yankees, on Aug. 13 of last season, he went six innings and gave up nine hits and eight earned runs. That, of course, was a very different Yankees team, featuring Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson, none of whom will be on the field Thursday.
The best Yankees hitter left in the lineup, Robinson Cano, has only faced Dempster six times, with a double and an RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury has had some success in 24 plate appearances against Pettitte, with a .400/.455/.450 line and 6 RBIs.
|Hot Stove: Yankees reportedly close to deals with Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera||11.27.12 at 10:50 am ET|
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Yankees are nearing a one-year deal with left-hander Andy Pettitte that would pay the left-hander roughly $11 million in 2013. Pettitte, 40, made 12 starts last year after sitting out the 2011 season. He went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA along with 69 strikeouts and 21 walks in 75 1/3 innings. He also made a pair of postseason starts, going 0-1 with a 3.29 ERA while making one start in the ALDS against the Orioles and one in the ALCS against the Yankees.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via twitter), New York is also close to a one-year deal with Mariano Rivera that would pay their longtime closer — who missed most of 2012 after blowing out his ACL — more than what they are paying Pettitte. Rivera pitched in just nine games in 2012 before suffering his season-ending injury, which broke a streak of nine straight years with at least 60 innings pitched and 17 consecutive seasons of 40 or more innings.
If accurate, Pettitte and Rivera would join Hiroki Kuroda as veterans with track records of success with the Yankees who have re-signed for one-year deals. That structure suits New York’s desire to avoid long-term commitments that would limit the club’s ability to get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold in 2014.
|Peter Gammons on M&M: All-Star Game ‘Tough thing to overcome’||07.14.11 at 1:46 pm ET|
MLB and NESN analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni show Thursday to talk about the Roger Clemens mistrial, the All-Star Game and the latest with the Red Sox. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
“They are worrying more about steroids than they are about drunk drivers killing people,” Gammons said about the government and the Clemens trial. “It’s our tax dollars at work.”
He said he is surprised with Thursday’s developments that the trial has been declared a mistrial.
“I think it was a major surprise,” Gammons said. “A friend of mine who had been covering it, sent me an email saying the prosecution just blew its self up. They did a terrible job with it. It’s amazing. Rusty Hardin didn’t even need to pull the guns out, he was ready to go after Andy Pettitte and all sorts of people.”
Added Gammons: “A lot of people seeing Clemens and [Barry] Bonds get hung on all this, but just go, ‘All right, enough is enough, let’s move on.’ I sense that they had done that in San Francisco. I thought this trial would be a salacious and vicious trial. The fact that they were bringing Pettitte into it and the fact the prosecutors screwed it up on day one. You would laugh if they didn’t realize how much money they spent on this.”
Gammons also discussed the All-Star Game and how many people within the game were upset with players leaving the game early, or not showing up at all.
“It was bad for the game,” Gammons said. “I know the commissioner’s office was pretty upset with the way all this went down. So many players were out of there by the eighth inning and on their planes going home. I think most people, I know Bud [Selig] is upset about it and he should be, were left with the impression it doesn’t really matter.
“That is a tough thing for baseball to overcome. I am told that there were some words between the commissioner’s office and the players association, that the players association is supposed to think everybody was hurt, but at the same time it did have that impression of, ‘OK, lets get this over with and see what happens.’ ”
|Remembering the Red Sox’ pursuit of Andy Pettitte||02.04.11 at 6:11 pm ET|
It was an offer that could have changed history.
It was weeks removed from the 2003 postseason, and the Red Sox were trying to recover from the crushing end of their 2003 season. That the Yankees had lost to the Marlins in the World Series was little consolation to a Sox team that had come within five agonizing outs of finally escaping the yoke of their divisional oppressors, only to suffer an infamous defeat in Game 7 of the ALCS that would soon lead to the firing of Grady Little and an effort to bolster the Sox roster for the following year.
Andy Pettitte had played a part in the Sox’ demise that postseason. The left-hander, as part of a spectacular postseason in which he went 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in five starts, had shut down the Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS, helping to restore order for the Yankees after the Sox had won Game 1. Though Pettitte claimed a no-decision in Game 6 of the series (a Sox win), the 31-year-old had established himself as one of the most important members of the Yankees, and one of the best southpaws in the game.
Pettitte was a free agent at an opportune moment. He had gone 21-8, made all his starts (33), achieved a 4.08 ERA while punching out a career-high 180 and finished sixth in the AL Cy Young race. The Yankees wanted to retain him, but the Red Sox were desperate to find a front-of-the-rotation complement to help them make a run at the Yankees. Read the rest of this entry »
|Mark Teixeira: Andy Pettitte leaning toward retirement||12.29.10 at 6:43 am ET|
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said Tuesday that he has been exchanging text messages with Andy Pettitte and he believes that the pitcher is “leaning toward retirement.”
“I think, like everyone else [thinks], if he’s leaning one way, he’s probably leaning towards retiring,” Teixeira said on Tuesday at a news conference to kick off Thursday’s Pinstripe Bowl game at Yankee Stadium. “I think that’s what he’s publicly said. It’s no secret right now. That’s probably where he’s leaning. But in a month and a half, a lot can happen.”
|Red Sox vs. Yankees matchups, 4/7||04.07.10 at 1:01 pm ET|
Two games, two sub-par pitching performances from the top of the Red Sox rotation. Josh Beckett was off pretty much from the start in the opener when he didn’t make it out of the fifth, while Jon Lester sparkled in the first inning on Tuesday only to fizzle out as the game went on.
But this is why the Red Sox went out and got John Lackey in the offseason. Terry Francona’s new toy in the rotation will make his Red Sox debut on Wednesday looking to win the rubber game of the opening series with the Yankees.
Lackey struggled earlier in his career at Fenway Park, culminating with an 8.38 ERA in 2007. But he has turned it around in the last two seasons, sporting a sub-3.00 ERA at his new home and taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning on July 30, 2008 — also known as Manny Ramirez’ last game with the Red Sox.
A key for Lackey will be getting through the top of the Yankee lineup. The trio of Derek Jeter (.341), Nick Johnson (.333) and Mark Teixeira (.388) have all hit .333 or higher against Lackey, while Alex Rodriguez only has nine career hits off Lackey but four have been home runs. Keeping the top of the Yankee lineup in check is easier said then done, but limiting the damage one through four will go a long way for a successful first outing for Lackey. (For more on Lackey and the shape of the Red Sox’ Big Three, click here.)
Andy Pettitte is no stranger to facing the Red Sox. In roughly a full season’s worth of starts (34) against the Sox, Pettitte is 18-9 with a 3.74 ERA. Fenway Park has kind to the Yankee left-hander, as he sports a 7-3 career record with an ERA under four.
The David Ortiz and Mike Lowell situation might heat up if Ortiz doesn’t produce against Pettitte on Wednesday. The Red Sox designated hitter is hitless in seven at-bats this season but he has had good success against Pettitte throughout his career. In 58 plate appearances, Ortiz has hit .367 with an OBP of .431. He also has one home run off the left-hander, and Ortiz can go a long way towards silencing some critics with a big night in the third game of the season.
Sox manager Terry Francona said on WEEI that, even though this matchup would be a perfect time for the Sox to get Lowell into the lineup given his own success against Pettitte (.345 average, .429 OBP), he will stick with the same lineup that he’s employed for the first two games of the season.
YANKEES VS. JOHN LACKEY
Alex Rodriguez (61 plate appearances against Lackey): .176 average/ .295 OBP/ .471 slugging percentage, 4 homers, 9 walks, 23 strikeouts
Mark Teixeira (56): .388/ .464/ .551, 2 homers, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts
Derek Jeter (54): .341/ .442/ .545, 1 homer, 4 walks, 11 strikeouts
Nick Swisher (51): .116/ .255/ .209, 1 homer, 6 walks, 13 strikeouts
Randy Winn (42): .308/ .357/ .333, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
Jorge Posada (32): .414/ .469/ .586, 1 homer, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts
Robinson Cano (27): .231/ .259/ .346, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Curtis Granderson (14): .167/ .286/ .583, 1 homer, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
Nick Johnson (7): .333/ .429/ .500, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Brett Gardner (4): .250/ .250/ .250, 1 strikeouts
Javier Vasquez: 0-for-2
RED SOX VS. ANDY PETTITTE
Jason Varitek (67 plate appearances against Pettitte): .310 average/ .388 OBP/ .466 slugging percentage, 2 homers, 8 walks, 17 strikeouts
Mike Cameron (58): .222/ .259/ .389, 1 homer, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts
David Ortiz (58): .367/ .431/ .551, 1 homer, 7 walks, 11 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (38): .211/ .211/ .289, 1 strikeout
Kevin Youkilis (38): .345/ .500/ .552, 1 homer, 8 walks, 7 strikeouts
J.D. Drew (37): .361/ .378/ .694, 3 homers, 1 walk, 13 strikeouts
Mike Lowell (35): .345/ .429/ .379, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts
Marco Scutaro (26): .190/ .346/ .429, 1 homer, 5 walks, 4 strikeouts
Jacoby Ellsbury (20): .412/ .474/ .471, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
Victor Martinez (18): .200/ .278/ .200, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Bill Hall (14): .143/ .143/ .214, 4 strikeouts
Adrian Beltre (9): .375/ .444/ .500, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Jeremy Hermida (6): .000/ .000/ .000, 2 strikeouts
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