In 12 starts last season, Pettitte demonstrated outstanding control. He may have finished with a 5-4 record, but his final record was in no way indicative of his final numbers. The southpaw finished with a jaw-dropping 2.87 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and held opposing batters to a miserable .232 batting average.
During his shortened performance last year, Pettitte looked like a pure strikeout artist. He struck out a very impressive 8.3 batters per nine innings, which was the second highest total of the veteran’s prestigious career. He may be going down in velocity, but he is hitting his target on almost every pitch.
Pettitte was simply pitching lights out in 2012, but his season was eventually cut short after he broke his leg in June. This was a dagger in the hearts of fantasy owners last season, because Pettitte was one of the few late round sleepers that actually panned out.
Pettitte has been doing everything in his power to get back to his All-Star form this off-season. He even declined to pitch in the 2013 World Baseball Classic for the United States, in order to avoid injury and overworking his arm. Many fantasy fans would have liked to see him get on the bump in March for the WBC, but I would much rather him find his groove at Spring Training, than in competitive action.
Pettitte has stated that he wants to pitch over 200 innings and win 20 games this year. While his final numbers may not be that flashy in 2013, he will still be an amazing third fantasy starter and will easily win over 12 games.