New York Yankees Pitcher Andy Pettitte Makes His Return To The Mound

By Eric Haftel

New York Yankee legend Andy Pettitte is known for being the god of the playoffs, they will hopefully get to see what he has left in the tank this year in the playoffs. That is because the pitcher who retired after the 2010 season, made his much anticipated return to the mound Sunday, mother’s day, against the Seattle Mariners.

Even though the Yanks fell to the M’s 6-2, it felt as if Pettitte never left.

”I just cannot believe how comfortable this is for me,” Pettitte said. ”I don’t know how to explain it.”

Pettitte went 6 1/3, giving up a pair of two-run homers (seven hits overall), while striking out two and walking three. While those numbers may not sound the best, for a guy that last pitched in a big league game 573 days ago during Game 3 of the AL championship series against the Texas Rangers on Oct. 18, 2010, those are nothing to scoff over.

Pettitte’s only mistakes were when Justin Smoak homered for Seattle’s first hit with two outs in the fourth and then Casper Wells homered off the netting on the right-field pole in the sixth.

Pettitte, who is a member of the Core Four with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and, recently retired Jorge Posada, threw 94 pitches, with 60 going for strikes.

One guy who took notice, and understands that one loss is no big deal compared to having Number 46 back for the season, was outfielder Nick Swisher.

Pettitte acknowledges the Yankee fans via The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

”I thought it was so awesome. I was so excited. I know we lost today and that’s what a lot of people are going to focus on – I could really care less about that,” Swisher said. ”We got our boy back.”

The others who took notice to Pettitte’s return were the Yankee faithful.  41,631 fans gave him a standing ovation as he left the ballgame. Yankee fans are clearly glad to see Andy back on the mound.

Pettitte, who turns 40 on June 15, is back and now boasts an incredible 240-139 win to loss record. He will be looking to add to that number this season.

I project he will go 12-6 with a 3.88 ERA.

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