As a three-time All-Star who has captured five crowns in pinstripes, the 40-year-old Pettitte (4-2, 3.83 ERA) whiffed seven Royals and only surrendered two runs over seven strong innings.
Blessed with an extremely solid bullpen anchored by the ageless Rivera, it is realistic to expect a healthy trio of Sabathia, Kuroda and Pettitte to amass 45 wins.
Scoffing at doomsday predictions, New York can realistically hope to earn their 28th World Series title this October.
Although a quasi geriatric, the 6-foot-5, 225 pound Pettitte deserves much of the credit for the Yankees ascent.
Employing the winningest postseason pitcher in Major League Baseball history, Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees will be a force throughout the summer and into the autumn months.by