LADY AT THE BAT: Pettitte's Return: How Does The Pitching Staff Really Feel About It?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pettitte's Return: How Does The Pitching Staff Really Feel About It?


Andy Pettitte's arrival in Yankees camp yesterday got me to thinking about Yankee pitching in general. As everyone knows, there are seven pitchers competing for the five-man rotation. Well no, it's actually five pitchers competing for three spots, since CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda have been guaranteed  spots. Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Freddy Garcia and, now, Andy Pettitte will be fighting to get the chance to show off their handy work in the Bronx and other big league ballparks.

Nova, Pineda and Garcia have all said the right things about Pettitte, although a lot of people are interpreting Garcia's comments to mean he is unhappy with Pettitte's return. In any case, they have presented a united front, publicly welcoming Pettitte back to the fold. But how do they really feel?  Better yet, how do the Killer Bs feel?

Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos (pictured above) are what is left of the Killer Bs. Yankee fans have been hearing about them for years, looking forward to the day the two of them are in the rotation. Most experts say they are not quite ready for "prime time" but when they are ready, will they get a chance? Do they think they will get a chance?

On a recent YES Network special Bernie Williams talked about his time in the Yankees farm system and said that, because of all the big-name free agents the big club had, he thought he would spend his Major League career on another team. He never thought he would actually become the Yankees centerfielder.  Perhaps the Killer Bs feel the same way. If they do, so should we. Better let go of the emotional attachment now, while we still can.

Best of luck, guys.

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