Cliff Lee is building a postseason legacy. Andy Pettitte’s is established.
Baseball’s all-time leader in postseason wins gave a vintage performance last night. He missed with a cutter to Josh Hamilton, but he was otherwise as good as ever through seven strong innings, keeping the Yankees within shouting distance before the bullpen let things get out of control.
“I was running on fumes,” Pettitte said. “But I was able to give us a decent chance.”
There’s no sense denying the possibility this might have been Pettitte’s final start. It might have been his final start in playoffs, his final start at Yankee Stadium, his final start period.
“When I’m out of the game, sitting in the clubhouse, you kind of think about that,” Pettitte said. “But then there’s a lot of baseball to be played, left. I feel real good about our team and about the club that we have, and we plan on coming out here and winning, you know, the ballgame tomorrow here, and hopefully we can do that.
“Like I said earlier, we didn’t think this was going to be an easy series. We knew these guys were good. They are tough. They can pitch. And when they can pitch, it makes for a hard series. They are an all-around good team. Hopefully we’ll have a few more starts besides this one.”
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