LADY AT THE BAT: Pettitte Could Make A Positive Difference After All

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pettitte Could Make A Positive Difference After All

I didn't like the fact that Yankees and Andy Pettitte agreed on a deal for the 2009 season. I was convinced that he was finished and that his advanced age and elbow would be a liability to the rotation.

Pettitte came into Spring Training last month and quietly put up decent numbers: a 2-0 record and 0.79 ERA in 3 games with 1 walk and 10 strikeouts. Yes it's a small sample size and it's only Spring Training and no, I have not been completely won over. But what he accomplished this Spring gives me reason to hope that he does still have the potential to make a positive difference in the rotation.

His new teammates, CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett are referring to Pettitte as a mentor. I'd much rather see Pettitte contribute wins, but if his advice to CC and AJ help increase their win totals, I'm all for it.

Bernadette

1 comment:

Bronx Baseball Daily said...

I think Pettitte could still win 17-18 games if he's healthy. He's really only 36. He makes himself seem older by all the retirement talk all the time. In reality he could have signed a 3 year deal with lots of teams.