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A familiar Yankee ace and a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee ace who'll be all too familiar all too soon await the Jays in their first visit to the Bronx Zoo.

On to the Advance Scout!

I apologize for the exam-inflicted brevity of this scout - I'll just go over the two starters and the chart. There will be one more quickie on Friday. Regular advance scout service will resume next Tuesday.

Andy Pettitte: Back in pinstripes after a three-year vacation in the NL. He may not enjoy the transition back to facing AL batters. However, he will enjoy leaving the Juice Box, a park that haunts lefty pitchers' dreams, behind for the comfort of Death Valley in Yankee Stadium. This is especially true because Pettitte doesn't throw terribly hard - high 80s, usually, and often in the low 80s with his ace cutter - and relies on his ability to move pitches around. He's played as a groundball pitcher throughout his career. He's also been used out of the bullpen twice on his throw days, pitching an inning each time. Frank Thomas has a .500 OBP with 11 walks and 3 homers to 4 K's off Pettitte. Vernon Wells is 10-20 with 2 walks.

Phil Hughes: The Yanks didn't mean for the tall righty to get the call this early, but given the choice between rushing Hughes a bit and dealing with a rotation of Pettitte, Igawa, Rasner, Karstens and Wright (and I don't mean Jaret)... there's only one right answer there. Hughes has been very effective in AAA, racking up 17 strikeouts in 16 innings against 4 walks with a very good groundball rate. In his last start, against Syracuse of all teams, he went 6 innings allowing only 2 hits, 10 strikeouts and 0 walks. He hasn't thrown 90 pitches in a game yet this year, and he's run relatively deep counts in all three of his starts. Look for him to be on a reasonably short leash. The Jays would be well advised to be patient.

Hughes is touted as having a low-to-mid-90s fastball, an excellent curveball, a change, and a slider. All the established Yankees were stunned by his stuff... last spring. Jorge Posada called his stuff the best in camp, gesturing toward lockers marked 'Rivera' and 'Johnson.' Amazingly, the slider, now an afterthought, was Hughes' signature pitch in high school - good enough to get him drafted in the first round by the pinstripers. But when he was taught to throw a curveball after signing with the Yanks, he mastered it immediately. Yanks pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras was so impressed he made Hughes trash the slider. Now, he'll break it out as a wrinkle pitch from time to time - "two, three, four times a game, if at all," according to SWB pitching coach Dave Eiland.

Don't call him Philip.

Derek Jeter: Was plunked on the thigh by Scott Kazmir yesterday. He left yesterday's game in the first inning and is day-to-day with a bruised thigh. Miguel Cairo will replace him in the lineup if he misses any starts.

The Credit Section: Batted-ball, Leverage Index and balk data are available at Fangraphs. K% and BB% are strikeouts and walks respectively as a percentage of plate appearances. Everything else, most notably the AL average statistics, is available at The Hardball Times. The "Rest" column for relievers is basically self explanatory: the number on the left of the forward slash is the number of days off the pitcher has had, while the number on the right is the number of pitches the pitcher threw in his last outing.

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Mike Green - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 01:29 PM EDT (#166578) #
A special request for John Gibbons.  No LOOGY usage, please.

This is a club, which is particularly vulnerable to left-handed pitching.  With right-handed starters who will give you 5 decent innings against this powerhouse, if you're lucky, you need to have your lefty out of the pen give you 2 innings.  You can't do this on consecutive nights, if you're using one as a LOOGY.  So, Downs today for 2 innings.  With luck, Towers will give you 6 tomorrow, and you use Tallet for 4 batters only but it's more likely to be 11 or something.

Mick Doherty - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 02:10 PM EDT (#166579) #

The Yankees are the only team in major league baseball without a save yet this year.

Who'd a thunk that?


greenfrog - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#166581) #
Towers against the Yankees. Scary. Bring your A game, Josh.
actionjackson - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 03:50 PM EDT (#166585) #
Thankyou, BB-Ref. Lifetime, in 7 appearances and 5 starts at Yankee Stadium, Josh Towers has given up a .271/.294/.479 line. Not bad for a pitcher with a .300/.332/.488 career line and when you factor in the offensive force the Yankees have been since his career began in 2001. It's a pretty small sample size, but you take comfort where you can find it. A.J. Burnett's career at Yankee Stadium is the Manhattan Meltdown of last summer. It is a nice park to pitch in, provided you can keep the ball away from the short porch, and again considering the nastiness of the Yankee lineup. Put it this way, it's probably easier for the pitchers to face the Yankees there, than it is in the Rogers Centre, homefield advantage(s) aside. It should be a good test for the team: the seasoned vet and the phenom back-to-back. Keep them down boys, maybe George will lose his sanity and fire everyone.
alsiem - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#166591) #
Here's a question.  If the Yankees continue to struggle, does this make it more or less likely that Clemens will join them in June?  I think it is all about the ego with Roger and that money will only play a small part in his decision.

On one hand, it puts the Yankees in a position where Clemens would be vital to their success, which he'd love.  On the other, is Clemens likely to join a team that isn't in the play off race?

Obviously the Yanks aren't out of it and their record in June will influence his decision but I thought I'd keep the speculation going.  I hope the Jays put the boots to the Yankees, nothing like seeing them in pain.  Now if only A-Rod would come back down to earth .

Squiggy - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 04:33 PM EDT (#166593) #
I think of the 3 likely Clemens teams, he would be most likely to go to the Astros anyway. They are in the weakest division and that is still home for him. At least that's what I am hoping he thinks - if I say it often enough it is bound to come true(?)
Ryan Day - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 04:36 PM EDT (#166594) #

Another question: How do you spend $18 quadrillion on your roster and still have Doug Mientkiewicz as your starting first baseman? And a bench featuring Miguel Cairo and Wil Nieves? Matt Stairs and John McDonald are lookin' pretty good now. (well, McDonald looks good, and Royce Clatyon is entirely sucky; Stairs can probably go home, though.)

Ryan Day - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 04:37 PM EDT (#166595) #
Whoops. That should say Clayton isn't entirely sucky.
actionjackson - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 05:37 PM EDT (#166604) #
Let's see Yankee bench: Phelps/Mientkiewicz (depending on who's hitting well), Cairo, Cabrera, and Nieves. You know the only one I'd take there over our motley crew is Cabrera. At the other positions I'd say the Jays bench is better.

Red Sox bench: Hinske, Cora, Mirabelli, and Wily Mo Pena. They might be advised to use Hinske as a backup at all three OF positions rather than Pena who's an absolute butcher. I say that somewhat sarcastically of course.  ;)  I'd have to say the bats of Hinske and Pena put them ahead of the Jays bench, but the OF defense is pretty comparable. Wily Mo Pena is a CF in name only. He should only ever set foot in LF. Brutal.

If that's how the two biggest financial powerhouses are stocking their benches, I'd say ours is OK. I still want to see some improvement though, particularly in the outfield.

Manhattan Mike - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 05:55 PM EDT (#166606) #

Uch - weather outside is horrible in NYC (makes one long for a certain domed stadium 500 miles to the north even more than usual!).

Anyone hear anything about the game being postponed/rained out? Last thing I want is to go to the Bronx and sit in a rain delay.

BigTimeRoyalsFan - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 06:15 PM EDT (#166608) #
mike stay home. yahoo says its postponed

Jbar - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 06:34 PM EDT (#166609) # is reporting that Zaun is out for 6-8 weeks...needs surgery on his right hand.  Looks like Fasano and the 'stache are going to be around for awhile.
FanfromTheIsland - Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 08:56 PM EDT (#166612) #

  Anybody know when the make-up game is gonna be? If you know anything please, do tell. Meanwhile, the word "dome" keeps swirling around my head...



greenfrog - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 10:15 AM EDT (#166614) #
The Yankees have a run differential of +20 (120 scored, 100 scored against), but they're 3 games below .500. Weird. T-Bay (9-12) is in a virtual tie with New York, but their run differential is a more explicable -26.
paulf - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 12:45 PM EDT (#166631) #
For what it's worth, Keith Law thinks Hughes is the best pitching prospect in all of baseball, though not necessarily ready. His scouting report is in the video at the bottom of today's Diamond Daily.
actionjackson - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 12:57 PM EDT (#166633) #
Aaron Hill coming up at 1:00pm ET on BaseballChannel.TV at
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