Monday, January 10, 2011

Greatest Hits: Andy Pettitte

With Yankees Universe nervously anticipating "The Decision" of their most noted and celebrated southpaw, we continue the Greatest Hits segment with Andy Pettitte.

If there are any of you fanatics out there who don't buy into the "The Yankees need Andy Pettitte" creed, take a look at these playoff stats to understand why Andy is one of the best playoff pitchers in baseball and why the Yankees must retain him for 2011. Besides the playoffs, the 3-time All-Star boasts numbers that make him Hall of Fame worthy: a career 3.88 ERA in 489 games, 240 wins, 2,251 SOs, a 1.35 WHIP and a .635 win %. Not convinced? Check out this list of HOF pitchers and compare Andy's stats here to that of Whitey Ford.

And, let's not forget that he's had more wins in the postseason than any other pitcher in baseball history and is the winning-est pitcher this decade. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any downloadable video to illustrate Andy's greatness, but I do have this link of his greatest postseason pitching performances. This is only a sampling of how effective and gritty he truly is. Enjoy.

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