Although a quasi geriatric, Andy Pettitte continues helping the New York Yankees thrive

With a healthy Andy Pettitte, the New York Yankees can compete for their 28th World Series title this October.

Using a piercing cutter and pinpoint control, borderline Hall of Famer Andy Pettitte guided the New York Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Saturday in Kansas City.

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.

Sitting atop the American League East with a record of 22-13, Pettitte, CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Mariano Rivera are the primary reasons New York remains dominant despite numerous injuries.

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.

With Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson near returning to the diamond, the Yankees have an opportunity to cushion their lead over the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox in the coming weeks.

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.

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