LADY AT THE BAT: Andy Pettitte Makes Me Feel Uncomfortable Right Now

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Andy Pettitte Makes Me Feel Uncomfortable Right Now

After an aching shoulder forced him to miss a start, Andy Pettitte returned to the mound and pitched decently against the Angels of Anaheim last night. The Yankees lost the game but Pettitte gave Yankees Universe some hope that the rotation can help take the team deep into the playoffs.

Or, did he? Can an older pitcher like Andy Pettitte really be depended on this time of the year? Can the Yankees and their fans truly be confident that Andy Pettitte will stay healthy enough to stand with CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett as the Big Three that will take the team to the Promised Land?

I've mentioned more than once on this blog that I was against the Yankees signing Pettitte for the 2009 season. I was against it because I thought, among other reasons, that he was too old and wouldn't make it through the season without getting hurt. He has proven me wrong up to this point. I'm not so sure that he will continue to do so. If that shoulder of his acts up again (or, if his elbow starts barking again) the Yankees will be in serious trouble, especially if they lose the race for the best record in baseball. A rotation of Sabathia, Burnett (whom I think will be fine in the postseason) and Chamberlain, with either Mitre or Gaudin as a fourth starter, spells doom, plain and simple.

So, Andy Pettitte makes me feel uncomfortable right now. Will I still feel uncomfortable when the postseason starts? We shall see.


[Photo: Hong/AP]

1 comment:

Felix in NJ said...

The thing that scares me the most about Andy is he is a die hard warrior type that would not say anything about a "Minor" injury that would take the ball out of his pitching hand come the playoffs. Major pain, yes he would say something but even something minor can affect your game. I'm crossing my fingers...we don't need another Boomer Wells on the mound breaking down in the 1st inning of a WS game