Friday night we take on Andy Pettitte, who despite having been born in the Harding administration is pitching really well. His ERA currently sits at 2.77 and he is striking out about 8.5 batters per game. Frankly Andy Pettitte is one of those guys I think a lot of us wrote off but probably should not have. He has really never had a bad season so their is no reason to believe he can't keep pitching well until we see the evidence he can't.
Next up is Ivan Nova. Thankfully this should be an easier game for us. We have Young going who has been solid but he is still just getting started so I am not counting on him just yet. Nova has an ERA/xFIP of 4.32/3.88 with a k/9 of 7.70 and a bb/9 of 2.43. His numbers are pretty average to just above average all around. His career numbers and projections all show a guy who has an ERA/xFIP of around 4 and closer to 6 k/9 so I would estimate he will regress a little bit but ultimately be about the skill level he is at now.
Finally on Sunday we face Carsten Charles Sabathia who is having as good a year as usual with an ERA/xFIP of 3.55/3.18. and a k/9 over 9. He has been giving up a few home runs this year, 10 so far, which puts him on pace to top his previous season high of 20 (04,10). What can we say about CC? He is awesome, he is one of those players that does not look dominant when you watch but when you see his stats he is absolutely fantastic. He tends to give up early inning hits and runs but then settles in and pitches 8 or 9 innings of great baseball. The only thing we can hope for here is to score a few of those early runs and let Dickey blank the yanks as we know he can.
On the offensive side the star of the team is Robbie Cano, who is one of my favorite non-Mets but not this weekend. He is currently hitting .299/.365/.545 with 14 home runs. Robbie was off to a slow start but has since picked it up and is playing his regular, dominant game. I am sad to see that Jeter is still playing well and batting over .300. In my old age the intense hatred has cooled a bit that I once had for the Yankees but I will always hate Derek Jeter, seriosuly I hope Niese beams him tonight just to show him we mean business, Dock Ellis style.
As a team the Yankees are 41-27, they have scored runs 323 and given up 269 runs.