Monday, March 29, 2010

Rain clouding Andy Pettitte's parade

Rain is apparently the only thing that can stop Andy Pettitte. For the third time this spring, Pettitte's pitching schedule was disrupted by a wash out, with the 37-year-old pitcher only throwing five innings in game action so far.

Will this be a problem for the New York Yankees #3 pitcher? Pettitte insists he will be fine despite the obvious frustration of not being able to work on his changeup and other pitches in live games. He's set to pitch on Friday and then start a week from Wednesday in the third game of the 2010 regular season. Is that enough time to get ready? He and Joe Girardi believe so, given his behind-the-scenes work. His manager thinks the rainouts might even be a blessing in disguise, given his advancing age.

The Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies all failed to beat him last year during the playoffs. In fact, the only real shaky outing Pettitte had during the postseason came in Game 3 of the 2009 World Series in Philadelphia after a lengthy rain delay. Obviously, someone should have been doing a rain dance.

Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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