• With Pettitte, You Get…More Than Eggroll

    Posted by on January 29th, 2009 · Comments (11)

    Via Richard Justice -

    Andy Pettitte brings credibility, a winning attitude and a relentless work ethic to the Yankees. In the end, those things might end up being more valuable than anything he does on the mound.

    The Yankees have been overhauled again this winter, and as manager Joe Girardi tries to instill the right mindset, people like Pettitte can play a huge role.

    Those great Yankee teams got it, and Pettitte will help this Yankee team get it, too. No one knows what he has left in the tank. After all, Pettitte is a 36-year-old pitcher with a cranky elbow, and he is coming off a season in which he pitched terribly down the stretch (5.35 ERA after the All-Star break). Pettitte pitched hurt at the end of last season because his team needed him. He was setting an example for every other player in the clubhouse. His teammates knew he wasn’t right, and they appreciated his effort.

    Pettitte is an interesting guy in that he doesn’t say much and needs an occasional kick in the pants. He isn’t a star in the way the Yankees sometimes measure stars. No headlines. No celebrity rating at all. He is just a baseball player — a good, tough baseball player who only wants to win. He doesn’t care if it is about him or someone else. He just wants another ring.

    My prediction for Pettitte this season: 31 starts, 205 IP, and a record of 17-10. How do you think he’ll do?

    Comments on With Pettitte, You Get…More Than Eggroll

    1. thenewguy
      January 29th, 2009 | 10:18 pm

      Hmmmm…. where do I think RJ is wrong here?

      Andy Pettitte brings credibility, a winning attitude and a relentless work ethic to the Yankees. In the end, those things might end up being more valuable than anything he does on the mound.
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      Maybe, but it didn’t seem to matter last year.

      Those great Yankee teams got it, and Pettitte will help this Yankee team get it, too.
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      Didn’t he help last years team get “it?” And wasn’t “it” not good enough?

      He isn’t a star in the way the Yankees sometimes measure stars. No headlines. No celebrity rating at all.
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      Except the whole alleged mistress and, ahem, Mitchell Report (something far more agregious than anything A-Rod has ever done.)

      He doesn’t care if it is about him or someone else. He just wants another ring.
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      Doesn’t this offseason disprove that? It is certainly not all about the ring for Pettitte. He comes off as all righteous when he really isn’t whatsoever.

    2. Dukakis
      January 29th, 2009 | 10:41 pm

      I loved the Pettitte signing. They need a veteran in the 4th hole, to control Joba’s innings in the 5th slot.

      I should thank Steve for the link to this guy’s blog because I never would have found it otherwise. I’ve been reading him for about 9 months now and I’ve recommended ghis blog before.

      But his latest entry is probably the best thing I’ve read on the Torre book.

      If you like Torre and can’t fathom what the BFD is about or still support him, read this guy’s entry. I think the title is from Merchant of Venice but I’m not sure.

      (I can’t wait to get my hands on that book. Someone told me Cosco might sell it this weekend, by the way.)

      http://theyankeesrepublic.blogspot.com

    3. Evan3457
      January 29th, 2009 | 11:52 pm

      Well…27 decisions is a rather high number for 31 starts. For his career he averages about 8 decisions every 10 starts, so if he only makes 31 starts, 15-9 or 16-9 is more on the mark.

      And…is it 16-9, 3.76 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.39, or is it 16-9, 4.81 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.46?

    4. January 30th, 2009 | 6:07 am

      I say Pettitte struggles as he did in the second half of 2008, goes 4-4 in his first ten starts with an ERA around 5, and is shut down for a while with an “injury” while Phil Hughes takes his spot in the rotation.

      Also, I tend to believe the exact opposite of whatever Richard Justice writes, as a general rule. “Pettitte pitched hurt because his team needed him” ??? Come on! If it were another player, I’m sure we would get some snide remark like “oh yeah, and it’s also his contract year…”

    5. January 30th, 2009 | 7:30 am

      In what Bizarro Universe does an admitted cheat, liar, and adulterer “bring credibility”? How much did his “winning attitude” contribute to last season’s disaster? And if you look closely, you’ll see that Pettitte’s “”work ethic” is actually a “pay ethic,” that is to say he routinely refuses to tell the team that he’s hurt, thereby hurting the team. 17-10 is absurd for a pitcher his age, with his history of injury, coming off an abortion of a second half last year. I’d be amazed if he wins 12 games. I’ll say 11-13 4.75.

    6. January 30th, 2009 | 8:16 am

      31 starts, 205 IP, and a record of 17-10.
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      That’s optimistic, but not absurdly so. And this…

      I’ll say 11-13 4.75.
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      …is pessimistic, but not absurdly so.

      Personally, I think he’s going to rebound. 210 IP, 16-11, 3.64.

    7. Raf
      January 30th, 2009 | 10:20 am

      In what Bizarro Universe does an admitted cheat, liar, and adulterer “bring credibility”? How much did his “winning attitude” contribute to last season’s disaster?
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      As always, consider the source.

    8. MJ
      January 30th, 2009 | 10:30 am

      I won’t predict his record but I do agree that he’ll give the team somewhere around 200 IP at around a league-average ERA (let’s call it 4.30). If that’s what we get out of our #4 starter, I’ll be very satisfied. Anything more is bonus and anything less is still not a big deal.

    9. Jake1
      January 30th, 2009 | 10:48 am

      lets think about this. andy won 14 games with a tired shoulder and a bad team that basically phoned it in the 2nd half.

      so i think hes good for at least that this yr

    10. MJ
      January 30th, 2009 | 10:50 am

      lets think about this. andy won 14 games with a tired shoulder and a bad team that basically phoned it in the 2nd half.

      so i think hes good for at least that this yr
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      The team mailing it in had nothing to do with Andy’s season last year. His 2nd half was atrocious. It’s not impossible that he rebounds but everyone should at least have the second half in their minds…Andy’s not exactly a spring chicken.

    11. David
      January 30th, 2009 | 8:22 pm

      5 wins – 8 losses 5.5 ERA

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