The last time Andy Pettitte pitched against the Angels, he was just returning to the Yankees rotation after having his turn skipped because of shoulder fatigue. He took the loss and called the outing “disgusting.”
That start wasn’t all that long ago — September 21 — but Pettitte was a different pitcher last week against the Twins, and he’d much rather build on that Division Series start than think back to that previous start in Anaheim.
“Early in the game I wasn’t feeling very comfortable mechanically,” Pettitte said. “In Tampa, my last start, I felt the exact same way. I felt terrible mechanically. So really, against the Twins, going into that playoff start, I was a little worried about my mechanics because I felt like I was in such a good rhythm before I skipped that start that I hadn’t ironed my mechanics out really as good as I’d like to have going into the playoffs.
“But, mechanically, I felt great in the Minnesota start. So everything looked good. All my pitches were there for me. So I’m hoping I can just carry that right into my next start.”
Plus, let’s face it. This is Andy Pettitte in the playoffs. Maybe he’ll pitch well, maybe he won’t, but the Yankees must like their chances with him on the mound.
“For me it’s just hoping that I can get things going early,” Pettitte said. “My mechanics are together, and I’ll be able to ride it out throughout the course of the game.”