I’m no baseball scout. I’m no beat writer for a professional team. I’m just a diehard baseball fan who writes about what I find interesting. What I find interesting is how Andy Pettitte and people around the New York Yankees say he’s ready to help the team? Why, because his arm is stretched out. The fan in me says that’s crazy thought when you look at the numbers he’s put up. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports kind of agrees that’s he not ready but for a different reason.
Left-hander Andy Pettitte does not look close to ready, according to a rival scout who watched him pitch Sunday at Triple A.
Pettitte allowed five runs (three earned) in five innings against the Red Sox’s Pawtucket affiliate. The scout said that Pettitte threw 86 to 88 mph, but that his stuff lacked crispness and that he likely will need several more starts at Triple A before he is ready to pitch in the majors. (Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports)
In my opinion, a few more starts is the perfect thing for Andy and the Yankees. The problem is Andy wants to help his team so bad while the Yankees well, need the help that bad. Rushing Andy back into competition would be the worst thing for all sides involved.
Some say Andy just needs Spring Training which is what he just went through. I call ********. The guy hasn’t pitched since 2010 he needs some more time after not playing in 2011. There’s a reason he’s struggling and his pitches aren’t crisp yet, he hasn’t thrown in over a year!!
Sorry Yankees fans throwing with your kids and casual workouts is not the same as competitive pitching. If he has control but not the crispness on his pitches to get Double-A and Triple-A hitters out he’ll get completely destroyed in the Major Leagues. Yes, he’s crafty and a veteran fighter but what’s that doing for him right now?
I plead with Brian Cashman to give him some more time. Fight the urge to call Andy up and hope history is revisited and give him the amount of time he needs. Pettitte’s a proud guy and will fight it but it’s time to throw the hammer down. You’re not in the big leagues till you look like a guy who can get Major League hitters out.
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