One thing I like about Andy Pettitte: He seems to put more faith in his talent than his track record. Experience counts, there’s no doubt, and Pettitte’s track record is a very real reason the Yankees have faith in him going into tonight’s Game 2 in Minneapolis.
But Pettitte knows all the experience in the world means nothing if his stuff isn’t sharp tonight.
“Obviously the experience isn’t going to help you as far as if you can’t find it, your stuff or whatever,” he said. “But just for me, I know emotionally, whatever happens I am mentally not going to get out of the game. You know what I’m saying? So I think that the experience will be able to help me as far as that.
“If I don’t locate and I don’t get the ball where I want it to be, no matter how much experience I have out there, it’s not going to help because I am going to get knocked around probably.”
Pettitte’s command wasn’t very good in his last two regular-season starts, but it was better in his last start than in his next-to-last start. It’s his command that’s going to make a difference tonight.
“The command is what I would say that, if anything, was in my mind as a worry for me,” he said. “Because my command was so good the whole first half of the season before I got injured, and obviously that has a lot to do with my mechanics and how comfortable I was feeling with them. My release point (was) right where I needed to be all year long, the beginning first half of the season, and I just had a little trouble making those adjustments since I come back off the DL. So hopefully, like I said, hopefully we can get going tomorrow and make the adjustments that I need to make during the course of the game, and be able to put together a good start for us.”
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