• The Andy Pettitte Game Six Curse?

    Posted by on October 24th, 2009 · Comments (9)

    Every post-season “Game 6″ that Andy Pettitte has ever started, to date:

      Cnt Date      Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit
    +----+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--
       1 2003-10-25 WS     6 NYY  FLA L  0-2  GS-7  ,L   7    6  2  1  3  7  0 106
       2 2003-10-15 ALCS   6 NYY  BOS L  6-9  GS-5       5    8  4  4  2  5  1  92
       3 2001-11-03 WS     6 NYY @ARI L  2-15 GS-3  ,L   2    7  6  6  2  1  0  62
          

     

    O.K., sure, it’s an extremely small sample size – no questions there. But, Pettitte has never won a “Game 6″ in his long post-season career. Will Game 6 of the 2009 ALCS break that streak?

    Comments on The Andy Pettitte Game Six Curse?

    1. ken
      October 24th, 2009 | 11:29 am

      The ’03 game was the Beckett game. Andy gave up 1 ER in 7 innings. Can’t fault Pettitte for that one.

      I feel like the ‘old guard’ that suffered through 2004 are on a silent mission this year though they will never, ever publicly say so. No surprise then that Jeter, Posada and yes, Andy, are playing so well right now.

    2. October 24th, 2009 | 11:36 am

      Have to wonder – if Pettitte had been here in 2004, would that disaster had ever happened? Probably not…

    3. October 24th, 2009 | 11:57 am

      PS – I know that Pettitte’s season in 2004 ended early due to elbow surgery…but, maybe, just maybe, if he was in NY that season he could have avoided that injury. But, maybe that’s all just wishful thinking…

    4. ken
      October 24th, 2009 | 12:04 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Steve, I think the ’04 debacle was due to more than one player, though a starting pitcher with cojones certainly would have helped. Too many superstars wanting nothing more than big contracts and gutless pitchers. And yes, give some credit to the other guys who clearly wanted it more.

    5. Evan3457
      October 24th, 2009 | 1:59 pm

      Pettitte was tipping his pitches in the 2001 game, or so say the D’backs.

      So basically that’s one bad game and one good one. I’d be more worried about the fact the Angels hit him well.

    6. MJ
      October 24th, 2009 | 2:06 pm

      Jesus, as if I need any more reason to be spooked and pessimistic about tonight?

      I swear, I am just absolutely f**king miserable about tonight’s game. I’ve never been sadder about a baseball game in my life. I am looking forward to my 7:30 am visit to the dentist on Monday more than I am looking forward to tonight’s game…

    7. JeremyM
      October 24th, 2009 | 2:13 pm

      Pettitte did injure his arm swinging in 2004, so maybe he would’ve been fine? Eh, who knows, but Andy was nails in 2003, he was just bested by Beckett- it happens.

    8. October 24th, 2009 | 4:47 pm

      Correction in these streaks are inevitable… maybe tonight gets rained out

      and he pitches tomorrow which was technically game 7 and he wins… yeah.. i hv too much spare time

    9. November 3rd, 2009 | 12:20 pm

      [...] entirely possible that they launch a NASA-like program off his arm. On the negative side, they have Andy Pettitte starting a game six on three days’ rest, and Pettitte’s up-and-down postseason history seems overdue for a [...]

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