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Andy Pettitte sounds like someone planning to pitch in 2013

Oct 8, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Andy Pettitte takes the mound for the Yankees tonight in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Orioles and yesterday the 40-year-old left-hander dropped some pretty strong hints that he plans to return in 2013.

“I know the competition and the desire to compete is still there and I don’t feel like I kind of got that itch out from the 70 innings or so that I threw this year,” Pettitte said, via Mark Hale of the New York Post. “I was expecting to do a little bit more work than that.”

He made similar comments upon returning from the disabled list last month, basically saying that he was initially certain this would be his final season but started changing his mind after breaking his ankle.

Performance-wise there’s certainly no reason for Pettitte to call it quits, as he posted a 2.87 ERA and 69/21 K/BB ratio in 75 innings for his best ERA and K/BB ratio since 2005 and his best strikeout rate since 2004.

And now he’s starting Game 2 of the playoffs for the team with the best record in the league.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    He HAS to come back. He’s in charge of the bathroom pass.
    Tonight: 6 IP, 2R, 3K’s, 7H, 4028th playoff game win

  2. papichulo55 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I would think that someone in the front office would gently remind Andy that his performance this postseaon has some bearing on his spot in the rotation for next season.

  3. stex52 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    If you lived in Deer Park, Texas, you would probably appreciate why Andy has trouble retiring.

    I expect some thumbs downs for this one.

  4. freeagentsignee - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Get a deal Andy, Yankees!

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