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Postseason Still Brings Out The Best In Andy Pettitte

The once always reliable veteran, Andy Pettitte, had become a question mark amongst the Yankees pitching staff after suffering a groin injury back in July. The injury kept the left hander sidelined for two months and the team was unsure how Pettitte would hold up once he returned.

The once always reliable veteran, Andy Pettitte, had become a question mark amongst the Yankees pitching staff after suffering a groin injury back in July. The injury kept the left hander sidelined for two months and the team was unsure how Pettitte would hold up once he returned.

Pettitte struggled since returning from the disabled list, not looking like himself. Manager Joe Girardi gave his veteran the ball in Game 2 of the American League Division Series last night in Minnesota.

Question answered?

Known as a big game pitcher, Pettitte once again delivered a postseason gem on the mound. Pettitte pitched seven very solid innings, giving up two runs on just five hits. He had everything working and was in control most of the game. Pettitte got in a little bit of trouble in the second inning but was able to work his way out of a bases loaded jam.

Pettitte was able to throw all of his pitches for strikes. His cutter was particularly effective. He used that pitch to keep the Twins lefty heavy lineup in check and off balance.

After recording his 19th career postseason victory, Pettitte seems to be right back where the Yankees are used to. Coming into the playoffs, CC Sabathia seemed to be the only sure thing in the Yankees starting rotation. The success of Pettitte will go a long way toward the Yankees returning to the World Series and defending their championship.

Sabathia seems pretty confident in Pettitte’s abilities.

“Look at what this guy has done in the postseason and how could you have any doubts?” Sabathia said.

Phil Hughes will now attempt to end the series with a sweep on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

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