Rivera, who already has said “write it down in big letters” that he’ll be back in 2013, is essentially done for 2012. If you’re in a keeper league keep your eye on Mo’s owner and what he his next move is. Odds are you can probably pick him up either free and clear off the waiver wire or for a mid to late draft pick.
The fantasy spin here is now is pretty obvious, who takes over as closer’s role? Yankee skipper Joe Girardi has already said that David Robertson and Rafael Soriano will both be given chances to close. While Soriano has the edge in experience closing, Robertson has clearly been stronger pitcher over the past two seasons. As for Pettitte, given his track record, if the guy is still available in your league he is certainly worth picking up.
The question is just when will Andy Pettitte return? Pettitte’s May 6 start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Pawtucket was widely believed to be his fifth and final tune up game before returning to the Bronx. But GM Brian Cashman stated that it wasn’t a done deal that Pettitte would join the Yankees rotation after the fifth start, voicing concerns over Pettitte’s dip in velocity during his fourth minor league start on April 25. In Sunday’s start against Pawtucket, Pettitte was hitting the upper 80’s, but got tagged for five runs-three earned-during his five innings of work. He threw 62 of his 95 pitches for strikes, gave up eight hits and left trailing 5-2. Pawtucket eventually won 7-5 with Pettitte taking the loss. Originally slated to be played at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, NY-home of the Single-A Muckdogs-the game was switched to Frontier Field in Rochester where SWB is playing the bulk of its home game while their home field undergoes renovations.
Sold out, there was also a strong contingency of media following Pettitte’s performance. Depending on how the Yanks and Pettitte evaluate this start he could be a week or two away from rejoining the parent Yankees.
On May 3 Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey and Ryan Dempster of the Cubs became the first two starting pitchers in MLB history to face each others as
on their birthdays. Both exited with no decisions as the Cubs won 4-3 in 10 innings. Bailey worked six innings, giving up three runs-all on homers.
Dempster was brilliant as he struck out six and gave up just three hits in his eight innings on the hill.