While Derek Jeter is struggling to come back from injury and Mariano Rivera in the middle of a retirement tour, Andy Pettitte his pitching at his absolute best at the age of 40 for the New York Yankees.
Fantasy baseball owners have taken notice of Pettitte, who wasn’t drafted in many standard leagues but has since been added en masse after a red-hot start. The veteran got his third win of the season Friday night after allowing three earned runs on six hits and one walk in 7.1 innings pitched against the Toronto Blue Jays. He added five strikeouts in his third straight quality start and victory. In 22.1 innings, Pettitte has walked just five as his WHIP stands at 1.07 and ERA sits at a miniscule 2.01.
Pettitte impressed at the end of last season after coming out of retirement. Despite taking a full year off he returned to record a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts for the Yanks to go along with a solid postseason. Not many fantasy owners expected much of him this season at the age of 40, but he’s simply been the same old Pettitte.
He did have his start pushed back this week with back stiffness and likely won’t be able to make 30 starts in a year. When he does go out there, however, he is going to almost always give owners a quality start, a handful of strikeouts and with the way the Yankees are playing he’ll be a good source of wins as well. He’s actually still available in over 20-percent of ESPN leagues so it’s worth a look to see if he’s out there. Those that spent the waiver claim or late-round pick on him will continue to reap the rewards from the vet.