When you think of the best pitcher in New York Yankees history, you probably think of Whitey Ford. Ford was one of the driving forces behind the great Yankees teams of the 50′s and 60′s, posting 236 career wins and earning himself a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ford won six World Series championships before his career was done, securing his spot atop the list of greats. However, Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte is making a run at Ford.
Earning his 250th career win today in a three-to-one victory over the Seattle Mariners, Pettitte has shown that he could be the greatest pitcher in Yankees history. Just a week from his 41st birthday, Pettitte has become one of New York’s most dependable starters. He has five wins this season and already has 14 more career wins than Whitey Ford had. He is third all-time in wins by a Yankee starter with 212 — just 24 behind Ford and the Yankees all-time lead.
Pettitte is pitching so well this year that he might be able to pitch one to two more seasons, maybe even taking a crack at Ford’s record. He is on pace to get eight more wins by year’s end, meaning he would only need 17 more to stand alone as the Yankees leader. This scenario doesn’t seem outside of the realm of possibility, especially considering the way Pettitte has pitched thus far in the season. His five wins are good for second best on the team, and his 3.82 ERA is third best among Yankees starters with at least ten starts.
If Andy Pettitte continues to pitch well in his twilight years, he may just go down as the best starter the New York Yankees have ever had.