Saturday, April 24, 2010

Andy Pettitte making his Cy Young pitch

Yes, it's early in the season, but Andy Pettitte is laughing in the face of Father Time and making a strong case for his first Cy Young award.

With a 3-0 start and a 1.29 ERA, the New York Yankees lefty has been the team's most reliable starter this year. For a guy who's supposedly the third starter, he has pitched like the ace of the staff. He's not just winning games by the skin of his teeth. The 37-year-old Pettitte is dominating the best hitters in the game.

No doubt Pettitte has had great years before, winning 21 games twice. As a young starter in 1996, he was the runner-up in the Cy Young race to Pat Hentgen. It's amazing to me that Pettitte, in what might be his last season playing baseball, might be closing in on that elusive award. With five World Series championships, he certainly doesn’t need a Cy Young award for validation, but it would be a great way to close out his career.

It's hard to imagine that Pettitte could keep this up for the rest of the year. But just like his Core Four teammates Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada, I wouldn't put it past him to prove all the haters wrong.

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