Pettitte Retires; What It Means For the Yankees Rotation

Tomorrow afternoon, Andy Pettitte will announce his retirement after 16 seasons in the MLB (13 with the Yankees). Last season, Pettitte was one of the Yankees most reliable pitchers going 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA. He will always be remembered for his postseason heroics and leading the Yankees to five World Championships. Personally, Pettitte was my favorite Yankee pitcher growing up. I don’t think there was anyone more intimidating on the mound when Andy tilted his head and stared in for the sign (see below). I’m not sure if Pettitte will make the Hall of Fame, but he was definitely one of the toughest pitchers to ever play the game.

Now with the Pettitte gone, what does this mean for the rotation? Here’s what the rotation would look like if the season started today:

1. C.C. Sabathia (21-7,  3.18)

2. Phil Hughes (18-8, 4.19)

3. A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.26)

4. Ivan Nova (1-2, 4.50)

5. Sergio Mitre (0-3, 3.33)

Depending on what happens during Spring Training, newcomers Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, and Mark Prior could beat out Nova and Mitre for the 4th and 5th spots in the rotation. Honestly, this isn’t a bad rotation…if everyone plays up to their potential. I’ve already said that the Yanks need Burnett and Hughes to have 18 wins to win the division. But they will also need Nova and Mitre to give five consistent innings for most of the season. Not sure if everyone knows this, but when Nova and Mitre are on, their stuff is electric. Nova can throw 95+ with sink and Mitre has a great sinker and changeup. I have to admit, this is the most depleted rotation the Yanks have had in a long time, but it doesn’t mean they can’t win with these pitchers. Ten days until pitchers and catchers.

The Greatest Stare of All-Time


One Response to “Pettitte Retires; What It Means For the Yankees Rotation”

  1. Maria Ozawa Says:

    Just a sad day for all of baseball. One of the best clutch lefties ever to play the game. Pettitte you will be missed. Your style will be taught for years to come.

    PS- Your mechanics make me wet.

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