Another hard winner to pick because Pettitte has been so good and Shields has majorly improved since the last time he face this Yankees line-up.
JAMES SHIELDS (TBR) vs. ANDY PETTITTE (NYY)
James Shields has some experience against the Yankees so he knows what to expect. As 2010 moves along, so does Shields who has pitched for 8 innings in two of his last three starts. Shields, throws a lot of strikes with a fastball that averages at 92 mph. He maintains great velocity on his change-up and good curveball. If he can stay in control, Shields can dominate a game.
Shields, tends to use his change-up too much and hitters start to read it, which leads to a lot of hits. Also, his control can get wild at times and drive up his pitch-count. Robinson Cano has crushed Shields in the past. Cano in his career against Davis is batting .462, with four doubles, two triples, two homers, one walk and six RBIs in just 27 at-bats. Regardless that Shields .
God bless you Arod, but the hero in tonight’s Yankees win was Marcus Thames.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees seemed doomed to lose after being up 5-0 after the 1st inning.
After Brett Gardner, who once again hit a single under pressure, was on base when Arod came up to the plate.
Arod tied the game with a two-run homer, and Thames won the game with a blast to left field with a final outcome of 9-7.
All these hits were off Red Sox closer Johnathan Papelbon, who is not a favorite anywhere. Paps, with his blow fish face, drives me crazy but it is rare that he gives up a save. It makes it more enjoyable to run circles around Paps for the win.
Phil Hughes struggled tonight but left with the lead 6-5, in the sixth inning. His command was not as hazardous and he overused the cut-fastball again. Both Red Sox homers came off that exact pitch.
Joba didn’t even go a whole inning on Sunday, so he easily could have been used tonight. That’s when I realized that maybe he left the game against the Twins with an injury. The timing was weird, but I just blamed it on Girardi’s micromanaging.