Those Damn Yankees

A full twelve games might separate them in the standings, but tonight’s Yankees/Blue Jays showdown has the feeling of playoff baseball to it.

Roy Halladay goes to work in what will not be his last start as a Blue Jay (damn it feels so good to finally say that). Despite a solid 11-4 record for Halladay, the Jays have struggled to give him much run support over his last four starts, with 2.25 runs on average.

Andy Pettitte on the other hand (8-6 on the year) is 1-1 against the Jays this season. As usual, Pettitte is right about on par with his career numbers with an ERA of 4.51. This should work in favour of the Jays, as he only usually makes it about six innings deep within the ball game.


With great career numbers against Pettitte, don’t be surprised to see Jose Bautista and John McDonald holding down the fort on the left side of the infield. Bautista and McDonald are both 7 for 21 career versus Andy Pettitte and also add a couple of right-handed bats to the lineup which should give Pettitte some trouble.

I’ll also be liveblogging tonight’s game over at The Score, so come check it out!

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

3 thoughts on “Those Damn Yankees

  • August 4, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I don't know if my affection is shared, but apart from the fact that the YES announcers are Yankees-smitten, I really like the stuff they choose to talk about. They're not … y'know … stupid.

  • August 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Well, the YES commentators can't be much worse than Dennis Eckersley on NESN.

  • August 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Well, I meant "not stupid" as a comparison to the Jays guys. But sure, they're not completely brain dead either, if we're making an Eckersley comparison.

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