Following last night's crisp exercise in hitting on all cylinders, tonight's opener to a 4-game set against the White Sox is headlined by the co-chairs of "A.R.M.S. Advocates for Rendering Meaningless Starts."
Andy Pettitte (8-6, 4.67) and Gavin Floyd (8-6, 4.64) both enter the game with weirdly identical stats and little to no momentum to speak of, though not for lack of raw performance. Pettitte pitched 6 scoreless innings in the beginning of last Saturday's loss before Aceves took a match to the frail 1-1 game. Against the Cubs, Floyd's third straight 7K-start was moot when the southsiders fell in the 10th.
Pettitte's ability to a win has been tucked away in Manhattan Mini-Storage for the past month, and Floyd's 17-win season in 2008 is bunking with Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" in the One-Hit-Wonder cabin. While his numbers may look more than satisfactory, they belie Floyd's real caliber, because he pitches for a team who "moved a season best 5 games over .500" with Mark Buehrle's perfecto.
But for some reason, Pettitte struggles against this defensive nightmare of a squad. Last week CC faced his demons and put a stop to the As' pattern of just owning him. Pettitte looks to follow suit tonight, and grab his first W in nearly a month against the 3rd place AL Central team against which Pettitte boasts a healthy 8.55 ERA, and in a stadium in which Pettitte has not won in over a decade.
07/30/09 8:11 PM EDT
|New York Yankees||Chicago White Sox|
|Derek Jeter - SS||Mark Kotsay - CF|
|Johnny Damon - LF||Gordon Beckham - 3B|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Jermaine Dye - RF|
|Alex Rodriguez - 3B||Jim Thome - DH|
|Hideki Matsui - DH||Paul Konerko - 1B|
|Nick Swisher - RF||A.J. Pierzynski - C|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Carlos Quentin - LF|
|Melky Cabrera - CF||Chris Getz - 2B|
|Jose Molina - C||Jayson Nix - SS|