Those who think the skewed dimensions of the new Yankee Stadium aren’t a factor should ask Andy Pettitte what he thinks. The lefty has a 5.77 ERA at Yankee Stadium in nine starts. In six starts on the road, it’s 2.35. He has allowed nine home runs in the Bronx, two elsewhere.
“I might have given up three or four (home runs) tonight at home,” he said after holding the Marlins to one run over seven innings. “For the most part, that’s it right there. I’ve given up a few more long balls at Yankee Stadium. … I need to figure something out at home.”
The other pitchers, for the most part, feel the same way. While the new Lil’ Stadium helps the hitters, it’s causing havoc among the pitchers. They’re pitching away from contact, giving up more home runs, etc. Over the course of time, it’s detrimental to maintaining mechanics and confidence.
Pettitte helped himself tonight with an RBI double in the second inning. He then scored. Those two runs he helped produce gave him a 5-0 cushion and he cruised from there.
Pettitte has not taking much batting practice because of the lingering soreness in his lower back. But when he got a fastball from Sean West, he belted it down the left-field line.
“You don’t expect to do that. But I got in a situation where I really had a good idea he was throwing a hitter. I was guessing. I tried to slap it the other way and got a base hit,” Pettitte said.
When I covered the Mets, Tom Glavine maintained that a pitcher who fielded his position well, got bunts down and was able to come up with an occasional hit could get himself two or three extra wins a year in the National League. Pettitte, who played for the Astros from 2004-06, was proof of that tonight
“I know how important it is. I’ve had to drive in runs, score runs, bunt a guy over or do a hit-and-run,” he said. “That can become a huge spot in the game. It’s serious business. You can do things to help your team win.”
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