Andy Pettitte insisted he felt fine physically tonight, although he did cop to some tentative pitches in the first inning because of his back.
The results (seven hits and six walks in five innings) were not indicative of a pitcher who was healthy, although Pettitte did strike out six.
Nelson Cruz hit what looked like an inning-ending double-play grounder in the first inning. Then Pettitte stuck his leg out and the Rangers went on to score three runs. Pettitte was pretty upset afterward.
“It was frustrating. It’s embarrassing, actually,” he said. “I’ve been scuffling my last few starts. It’s no good, not the way we’ve been playing. … I’ve got to give us more than that.”
Was Pettitte healthy enough to pitch? He pitched, so apparently so. But it’s worth noting that his contract calls for bonuses starting at 150 innings and every 10 innings after that. He’s at 68.2 innings now and the season is nearly a third over. Pitching 207 innings would get Andy a cool $3.75 million.
Meanwhile, A-Rod declared his final three at-bats “unacceptable.”
On the whole, it’s nothing to get too riled up about. The Yankees had won 16 of 20. They probably weren’t going to play .800 ball the rest of the season.