LADY AT THE BAT: Two Consecutive Bad Starts By Andy Pettitte: Is This The Beginning Of The End?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Two Consecutive Bad Starts By Andy Pettitte: Is This The Beginning Of The End?

Normally, when a pitcher has a couple of bad starts in a row, it is called a slump. Said pitcher just isn't getting it done at the moment but, the consensus usually is that he will get it together sooner or later. However, when it comes to Andy Pettitte, we aren't talking about a normal situation.

At 40 years old, Andy Pettitte is the oldest starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. He will turn 41 next month. When you have a couple of bad games at his age, it isn't wrong to ask this question: Is this the beginning of the end for Andy Pettitte?

According to the LoHud Yankees Blog, the lefty didn't mince words after yesterday's start against Oakland: “It’s a struggle,” Pettitte said. “The issue is everything. Everything I’ve got to do as a starting pitcher, I’m not able to do right now. … My release point is floating around a little bit. … It’s been a long, long time since I haven’t had a feeling for my pitches... My cutter is nonexistent right now." 

Now, Pettitte is usually pretty honest when it comes to self-assessment so, you wouldn't think there'd be cause for concern after he made these statements. However, we're not talking about a 30 year-old Andy Pettitte here. There is a big difference between a young pitcher saying "the issue is everything" and a soon-to-be-41 year-old pitcher saying it. 

I hope Pettitte straightens himself out. However, if he doesn't, I won't be surprised.  All good things must come to an end sooner or later, and for an aging Andy Pettitte, "later" can no longer be part of his lexicon.

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