Last night, the matchup of the game was the eighth inning battle between supposed-to-be-aging Andy Pettitte and just-entering-his-prime Joe Mauer. Runners at the corners with one out and the game tied, Pettitte got Mauer to ground to short.
“If there is somebody who can get out of a jam like that, it’s Andy,” Mariano Rivera said. “He made the pitches. All of his composure. Getting it done. I’ve seen it over and over.”
Pettitte was pretty good early last season too. Through nine starts he was 4-1 with a 4.30 ERA, but that can’t compare to his 6-1 record and 2.62 ERA this season.
Here’s Pettitte talking about his latest win.