Thanks to the 40-year-old Pettitte (1-0, 1.13 ERA), a three-time All-Star who has captured five crowns in pinstripes, the Yankees (1-3) finally triumphed for the first time in 2013.
Considering New York’s everyday lineup consists of shopworn geriatrics incapable of hitting a ball the size of Elaine Benes’ head, it’s apparent the Yankees’ success will be decided by the performances of Pettitte, CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.
Blessed with an extremely solid bullpen, it is realistic to expect a healthy trio of Sabathia, Kuroda and Pettitte to amass 45 wins.
The 6-foot-5, 225 pound Pettitte went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 appearances last season despite being sidelined for three months after suffering a fractured fibula near his left ankle on June 27.
It’s apparent the towering Texan, who has recorded 246 wins, in comparison to a measly 142 losses, for a 3.85 ERA, remains a formidable presence on the hill.
A member of the “Core Four” who was the winningest pitcher in the 2000s, Pettitte’s 19 postseason victories is the most in Major League Baseball history.
Inking a one-year contract worth $12 million in November, the pickoff artist, Fat Albert’s brother and the Japanese hurler will determine if more cheers or catcalls are heard this summer on One East 161st Street in the Bronx.
Dismissing the dream of capturing a 28th World Series title this October, the fate of the New York Yankees rests on the arms of Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.by