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Andy Pettitte: Man of Mystery

Sep 15, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

Buster Olney on the return of Andy Pettitte:

The Yankees have structured Pettitte’s comeback in such a way that the
Rays will not get a last look at the veteran before the start of the
playoffs.

Andy Pettitte has pitched in 526 baseball games over the past 16 seasons. 31 of those games have come against the Rays. He hasn’t altered his pitching style since the first day I laid eyes on him. The only pitcher with whom the Rays are likely to have a greater familiarity is whoever throws BP at Tropicana Field.

Know what? I think a “last look at the veteran before the start of the playoffs” wouldn’t matter all that much.

  1. Joe - Sep 15, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    I think Tim Wakefield sneaks between the BP pitcher and Pettitte, but point taken.

  2. BCTF - Sep 15, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    This is all assuming that both the Yanks and the Rays make it to the ALCS

  3. Ditto65 - Sep 15, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Perhaps this whole “strained groin” thing was really a cover for Pettitte to totally change his delivery and pitch repertoire, all to throw off the Devil Rays (sorry – like the old name better) if by chance they meet in the playoffs. Oh, wait – he threw the same stuff the same old way during his rehab. Forget all this

  4. Simon DelMonte - Sep 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Word has it that the Rays have a new fangled technology called videotape that could render this plan meaningless.

  5. Giant Space Ants - Sep 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    I was gonna suggest a flip book, but you’re idea is probably better. Not as cool to look at though.

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