Andy Pettitte was huge for the Yankees last year becoming a dominant pitcher later and later into the season. He posted a 14-8 record with a 4.16 ERA in the regular season. Pettitte was dominant in the postseason for New York also. He was 4-0 in 5 postseason starts. He clinched the ALDS, ALCS, and the World Series against familiar-foe Pedro Martinez in New York.
This move is great. The first three spots in the starting rotation will be a bit easier to fill out now.
In this Yankee Review we will look at the season of phenomenal shortstop #2 Derek Jeter #2.
In a year that Derek Jeter won SI’s Sportsman of the Year, The Roberto Clemente Award, Silver Slugger, the Hank Aaron Award, a Gold Glove, and a World Series Title, you would say Jeter did it all for the Yankees in 2009. Well he did.
Jeter was named the lead off hitter for the Yankees in Spring Training to spark the line up like he did in the past.
Jeter excelled in the roll as a lead off hitter from the start of the season and into the playoffs. The Yankee Captain scored 107 runs (4th in AL), hit .334 (3rd in AL), and had a .406 OBP (3rd in AL)
Jeter proved that he is a productive player still on both sides of the game.
In the 2009 postseason Jeter showed why he is the captain.
In the ALDS vs the Twins he batted .400 in 10 AB’s. He had 2 RBIs, 4 Runs, and 1 Home
In the ALCS against the Angels he batted .259 in 27 AB’s. He had 3 RBI on 7 hits.
In the World Series he batted .407 with 11 hits. After it was all said and done, Jeter and the 2009 NY Yankees celebrated a 27th World Series title.