LADY AT THE BAT: Forget Vintage Pettitte, This Is A Whole NEW Pettitte

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Forget Vintage Pettitte, This Is A Whole NEW Pettitte

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He did it again. Andy Pettitte went 7.1 innings last night, giving up 2 singles and 2 walks, while striking out 10, en route to the Yankees 7-0 win over the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

I keep hearing the phrase "vintage Pettitte." Vintage? Vintage Andy Pettitte always pitched to contact, scattering a lot of hits during each of his outings, and striking out very few. That's not what we saw last night. Last night, as in previous starts this season, Pettitte racked up the strikeouts, making it extremely hard for hitters to make contact at all.

This is a whole new Andy Pettitte. Where did he come from?

Is it the slider that he is now throwing? An adjustment pitching coach Larry Rothschild encouraged him to make? I don't know, but I'm liking what I'm seeing. True, Tampa Bay isn't a good-hitting team, but what he did last night is still impressive, especially those 10 strikeouts.

If he keeps pitching like this, all of his starts will be appointment viewing. I've already made my appointment for the next one. Go Andy!

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