Focus would seem to be the least of Andy Pettitte’s concerns, but he said yesterday it’s the one thing he most needs to improve at this point. He’s happy with his pitches, his strength and his durability, but Pettitte said he’s still mentally adjusting to making pitch after pitch in a big league setting.
Asked for a specific example of a pitch, Pettitte gave a great glimpse into the way he approaches the game.
“The pitch to the left-hander for Kansas City, Maier,” Pettitte said, referencing last-week’s home run. “I just didn’t see that pitch, didn’t focus on that pitch and just threw a strike. Just a bad thought process. Obviously I’m going to make mistakes, I’m human. I would just say that’s an example of where I just threw a pitch that had no conviction behind it, no thought process on it. I just saw a sign and threw it in there, didn’t pay any attention to a guy with a bat in his hand that could hurt me. Those are the things that are kind of disappointing. When I went back out there for the eighth inning, I felt good and I walked a batter. Again, it was my thought process in that, questioning whether I wanted to throw a certain pitch or another one instead of just being confident what I want to do and attack the strike zone with it. Little things like that.
“I might be nit-picking a little bit, and I’m probably going to continue to do that. I was doing it in 2010, you know? I want to get better at that. Right now, I feel really good with all my pitches, so as far as that sense, the pitching standpoint of it and getting the control of what I want to do, so far those are all there.”