Originally posted on Lady At The Bat  |  Last updated 5/19/12
Andy Pettitte looked great last night against the Cincinnatti Reds:  8IP, 4H, 0R, 1BB, 9SO, his first win since 2010.  His battery-mate was backup catcher Chris Stewart and, with the exception of a passed ball in the first inning, the two of them put together one of the most impressive games for the Yankees so far this season.In Pettitte's first start, he threw to Russell Martin, and he lost. CC Sabathia threw to Russell Martin in his first start as well, and he lost. Sabathia's improvement seemed to go hand-in-hand with his pairings with Stewart. In previous seasons, Sabathia always seemed to throw better when Francisco Cervelli was behind the plate. At least, to me he did. Martin's reputation seems to be that of a good guy who has a rapport with his pitchers. But is he really that great of a catcher? He is better at blocking balls than Stewart is, but do the other aspects of his game measure up to Stewart's? I don't think so. Joe Girardi may have been keeping him in the lineup for...
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