Andy Pettitte’s last four starts:
12 earned runs
396 pitches (18.8 an inning)
I was in favor of signing Pettitte all winter under the belief that a veteran No. 4 or No. 5 starter would be of great value to the pitching staff. Pettitte has largely delivered on that promise. But a 2.10 WHIP isn’t going to get you very far and it’s wearing down a bullpen that already has been exposed.
Pettitte, for reasons unexplained, had trouble breathing in the second inning. That went away. He also says his sore back is fine. The biggest problem, it seems, are poorly located 89-mph fastballs.
Now the Yankees need A.J. Burnett to go deep in the game with the bullpen battered.
Thanks to everybody for reading today. Back at it tomorrow.