Pettitte drew his first start of the season on Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox, and his first opponent was Boston’s Ryan Dempster. It would prove to be a rather uneventful fantasy matchup, but Pettitte still pitched an absolute gem.
Pettitte managed to get through eight innings, which is incredible considering he is a 40-year-old starter. He allowed eight hits and walked just one batter in the outing. Pettitte may have only struck out three batters in the game, but the most important thing was that he was able to get the fist win of the season for the Pinstripes.
He was extremely efficient throughout the game, and in classic Pettitte fashion, the southpaw worked very fast from the mound. He wasted no time going through his motion and constantly kept the batters at the plate uncomfortable.
Pettitte got the Yanks all the way to the ninth inning with a 4-1 lead. The team of course brought in superstar closer, Mariano Rivera, in the ninth, who quickly ended the game after a meaningless run crossed the plate.
I have been praising Pettitte all off-season and it appears that the lefty hasn’t let me down. He has shown that he can once again be a reliable fantasy option in 2013.