Ever since the 2009 season, it’s been the same song and dance for Andy Pettitte: trying to decide whether he’s going to retire or if he’s going to play another year. Fans thought that Andy was going to hang up his cleats for good when he retired after the 2010 season. Even Pettitte thought that he was retiring for good. Pettitte was so sure about his retirement decision, that he signed up to be a pitching assistant during Spring Training in 2012. However, one thing led to another and the next thing we knew, Pettitte signed a contract for the 2012 season, making his re-debut in May of that year.
After the 2012 season, Pettitte had to decide again on whether or not he was going to return in 2013, ultimately making the decision to do so. Now, with the 2013 season winding down, Pettitte has to decide whether or not he wants to return in 2014. Pettitte made it clear that he doesn’t believe that he’s not physically able to pitch much further in his career.
“Look, as long as I’m healthy, I know now that I can pitch a long time.” Pettitte told the Star Ledger. “My velocity is up this year, compared to what it was last year. I’m taking care of myself. That’s not even an issue.”
What comes more into play here is Pettitte’s “desire to continue pitching.” As of today, he doesn’t know what he’s going to do when it comes to whether or not he’ll pitch next season.
“I don’t know,” Pettitte said. “You know what I’m saying? I don’t know. I can tell you, it’s a long year. It’s been a long year for me. And I’m laying it all out there right now on the line. If I figure that out, obviously, I’ll let people know. I just don’t know exactly yet what I’m going to do.”
Pettitte has proven that he’s physically able to pitch, posting a 1.20 ERA in his last five starts. Tonight, Pettitte will take on the Boston Red Sox, a team that he has seen success again. Against the Red Sox in his career, Pettitte is 20-11 with a 3.76 ERA in 41 starts.
SOME NOTES & NEWS:
— The Yankees are 17-8 in their last 25 games, the best in the American League in that time span.
— The Tampa Bay Rays lost their game last night, so the Yankees will go into tonight still 2.5 games back for the second Wild Card spot.
— Mariano Rivera and David Robertson are not available tonight. Joe Girardi was asked who would close the game if the Yankees are leading in the 9th inning. Girardi’s answer? “That’s a great question.”
— The Yankees signed RHP Matt Daley to a MLB contract and placed him on the active roster. For a corresponding move, the Yankees moved INF Corban Joseph to the 60-day DL. Daley hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2011 when he was with the Colorado Rockies. In 2011 he played seven games, sporting a 10.50 ERA with a 10.5 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9, before needing rotator cuff surgery. His best year was in 2009, playing 57 games with a 4.24 ERA. In 51.0 IP, he had a 9.7 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9.
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