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Pettitte: “I expect to do well”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 18, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy Pettitte is back.

The veteran left-hander returns in tonight’s series opener against the Blue Jays. This weekend in Boston, when Joe Girardi announced that Pettitte was ready to rejoin the rotation, Pettitte stood outside the Yankees clubhouse and talked about coming back.

Concerned about taking so much time off?
“I think I probably would be a little concerned if I didn’t feel like my command was where it was, because you feel a little helpless out there when you’re not able to control the ball like you want to. But my command’s been there in the simulated games. Like I said before, the only thing that’s the unknown is the stamina, I feel like. My command may not be great when I get out there, it’s a big-league ballgame, that could be different, but all I can say is that in these simulated games, I’ve felt really comfortable with all my pitches. My command’s been great, and I expect to do well when I pitch on Tuesday.”

Are the lack of innings a problem?
“I don’t think it is. I really don’t. I look back also, and obviously you like to look back if you’ve done stuff before, and I didn’t get to see a lot of action in spring training in 2010. A lot of my games got rained out. I think I only made two starts, and had to go right into the games. For me, it’s about mechanics. It’s about pitch selection, and hopefully location. As long as I’m able to go out there and do those things, I’m going to be successful.”

Excited to come back in the middle of a playoff race?
“That’s what you come back for. Obviously it would be nice to have a little bit of a bigger lead, where you can take a breath. It would be nice to know that we were going to the postseason right now, and not have to worry about it. I guess that’s what I’m trying to say. But I’m looking forward to being back, trying to help this club do what we want to do; that’s get to the postseason and hopefully win the championship. I want to be part of that solution, not just sitting there watching it.”

Change your approach because of a limited pitch count?
“I won’t. I feel like I was in a really good place when I got hurt, as far as being aggressive in the strike zone. I was throwing all my pitches for strikes and I’m hoping to get right back into there. I know how I want to attack hitters. I’m not going to go in there and be trying to change my game plan. Whatever, I know there’s going to be a limit there, so I’m not looking to throw eight innings or seven innings. Whatever pitches I got, I want them to be quality and hopefully give us a good outing.”

How would you describe your year?
“Crazy? Crazy for sure. But that’s life, I mean, no regrets at all. I came back, I wanted to come back, I felt like I could still do this. I feel like I proved to myself I could still do this and feel good and help this team. I feel like I was doing that before I got hurt. And so this was an unfortunate deal. Like I said before, I thought my groin might give me trouble, I thought my back my give me trouble, I thought my elbow may give me trouble if I came back and started logging a whole lot of innings or whatever. I would never have expected to get a line drive off your leg and break your leg. That’s just part of it. You got to deal with it, but it’s been good, it really has. I’ve loved being around the guys, love being around this team. We got a great group of guys and just really happy I’m going to be able to get back into the mix here a little.”

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16 Responses to “Pettitte: “I expect to do well””

  1. Tackelberry September 18th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    What is the weather forecast for tonight? Hope they play. hate for them to have to play a doubleheader this late in the season with the bullpen already overworked

  2. Cashmoney September 18th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I dedicate this song to Capt Martin in the event that he choose to depart from Gotham…It’s never too early to show the love!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  3. Villa Nova-Ya September 18th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Well, if a positive attitude counts for anything, you have to feel good about Andy.

  4. bruceb September 18th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    What is the weather forecast for tonight?

    Strong winds and rainfall of up to one inch. They will be very lucky if they get a window to play. If not, I guess it will be a double-header tomorrow.

  5. longtimefan September 18th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Love Andy Pettitte, one of my all time favorite yankees, hope he is able to go out and do well, if not though then it is time for him to start thinking about a permanent retirement as a pitcher. Personally I think he would make a great pitching coach. Hated to see some of my other favorites, Bernie and Jorge go but eventually everyone reaches their point–some interesting young arms that need an opportuinty to show if they have what it takes.

  6. fantasygame101 September 18th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    doubleheader with andy on a pitch count gonna be tough on the bullpen. It is also tough to win both games.

  7. CountryClub September 18th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Rain out tonight means Pettitte only gets 3 starts before the post season begins. But, if they do get rained out tonight, he’ll be lined up to pitch the play in game if it’s necessary. The would work out well.

  8. CountryClub September 18th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    No reason for Andy to retire if he doesn’t want to. Unlike Bernie and Jorge, Pettitte is still performing at a high level. If I ran the team, I’d take him back with open arms next season.

  9. jacksquat September 18th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    SEP 18
    7:00 PM Cloudy 72°F 67°F Rain 92% 84% SSE 12
    SEP 18
    8:00 PM Cloudy 71°F 67°F Rain 92% 87% S 12
    SEP 18
    9:00 PM Cloudy 70°F 67°F Rain 82% 90% S 12
    SEP 18
    10:00 PM Cloudy 70°F 66°F Rain 82% 87% S 10

    Doesn’t look good unless that rain is going to be light.

  10. UnKnown September 18th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    If the O’s and Yankees end tied with the same record they will play a one game tiebreaker to see who wins the East. The only thing the divisional record does is determine who gets home field for Game 163.

  11. Mordot11 September 18th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Yanks are going to have to get lucky to get a game in today :(

  12. DONNYBROOK September 18th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I have No idea what the tiebreaker rules are. Suppose 2 teams in the same Division, Tie to win the Division, yet their records are identical to one of the 2 Wild Card Teams? If the tie breaker is record head-to-head, that would be disappointing. Any tied Playoff birth, should be dicided on-the-field in Oct. That lengthens the season a little, but is the fairest way to do it.

  13. UnKnown September 18th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    “Any tied Playoff birth, should be dicided on-the-field in Oct.”

    It will be.

  14. DONNYBROOK September 18th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    So are you saying “extra” games\days would be added to the playoff schedule, even though TV dates have already been scheduled????

  15. jmills September 18th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Great, at this point you have Pettitte :)

    Maybe mine ( team Blue ) are racists, and I don’t want them.

  16. FreeAgentSignee September 25th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Welcome back Andy!

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