Last season, Andy Pettitte came out of retirement at age 40 and was extremely productive, going 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA and 1.14 WHIP for the New York Yankees. However, he missed a large portion of the season after suffering a broken ankle in a game against the Cleveland Indians in June.
Pettitte is currently ranked third all-time in wins for a Yankees pitcher with 208, 28 behind current leader Whitey Ford. While it might be difficult for Pettitte to pass Ford as it would likely take at least two years, there is a very good chance that Pettitte will pass Ford for another Yankees milestone this season. Right now, Pettitte sits just 64 strikeouts behind Ford for the Yankees all-time strikeouts leader. If Pettitte can stay healthy, he should pass Ford sometime in May or June.
Pettitte currently has 1,892 strikeouts as a Yankee pitcher and 2,320 for his career which includes a three-year hiatus with the Houston Astros. If you take the 428 strikeouts Pettitte accumulated while in Houston, he would have passed Ford a few years ago. His 245 wins also would have surpassed Ford had they all come with the Yankees.
Pettitte’s return for another season will allow Yankees fans to see one of the greatest pitchers to ever suit up in pinstripes pass a milestone or two, which is well deserved. In his 14 seasons with the Yankees, Pettitte has failed to reach double digit wins only once in his career, last season. This season, if he can stay healthy, Pettitte should surpass double digit wins once again.
It is very likely this could be Pettitte’s last season in baseball. However, if he does decide to come back next season we would be looking at Pettitte chasing down Ford once again next season as the team’s all-time leader in wins. Personally, I hope this season isn’t the last for Pettitte and he becomes the Yankees’ all-time leader in wins.