Game #122 - Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees

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KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Mitch Maier,  CF
Mike Aviles,  SS
Mark Teahen,  RF
Jose Guillen,  LF
Billy Butler,  DH
Alex Gordan,  3B
Ross Gload,  1B
John Buck,  C
Esteban German,  2B

 


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Gil Meche 10-9 25 25 0 0 0 0 153.0 147 74 72 14 58 121 4.24 1.34

 

 

NEW YORK YANKEES

Johnny Damon,  DH
Derek Jeter,  SS
Bobby Abreu,  RF
Álex Rodríguez,  3B
Jason Giambi,  1B
Xavier Nady,  LF
Robinson Cano,  2B
Brett Gardner,  CF
Jose Molina,  C

 


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Andy Pettitte 12-9 25 25 0 0 0 0 156.1 173 82 75 17 41 119 4.32 1.37


PREGAME NOTES: 

Yanks have won just 3 of their last 10 games.

Keep an eye on A-Rod tonight.  He is a lifetime .448 hitter (13-for-29) against Meche with five homers, four doubles, and 10 RBI.

Gil Meche is a lifetime 3-4, 4.64 ERA, 1.39 WHIP in 12 starts against the Yanks.  he is 5-5, 3.82, 1.27 WHIP in 12 starts on the road this season.

Andy Pettitte is a lifetime 12-3, 3.58 ERA, 1.28 WHIP in 21 games (19 starts) against the Yanks.  He is 5-5, 4.80 ERA, 1.32 WHIP in 12 starts at the Stadium this season.

Yanks' hitters vs. Meche can be viewed here.  Royals' hitters vs. Pettitte can be viewed here.

 

COLE OPTING FOR UCLA:  Most of you have probably already heard the rumors regarding the Yanks' #1 Gerrit Cole going to college instead of signing a pro contract.

Well, it turns out that the story is true and his decision to go to college had nothing to do with Scott Boras.  Newsday reports that the family made that decision for Cole and didn't even give Brian Cashman the chance to make an offer.

It would have been nice to know this back in early June when the Yanks had the opportunity to draft someone else.  But as it stands right now, Cole will not be signing and the Yanks will be compensated with the #28A overall pick in the 2009 draft.

Considering the possibility that Abreu, either Moose or Pettitte, and Ivan Rodriguez could all walk at the end of the season, the Yanks could be loaded with draft picks next season.

Make no mistake about it, Cole was a huge talent and losing him really sucks because he had one of the top young arms of any pitcher in the draft - high school or otherwise.  But the Yanks will carry on just fine without him given the depth of young arms already in the system.

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