Andy Pettitte: Yankees Pitcher Will Start Tuesday vs. Blue Jays

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 13, 2012

NEW YORK - AUGUST 31: Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees sits in the dugout against the Baltimore Orioles in a game at Yankee Stadium on August 31, 2012 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Andy Pettitte will start for the New York Yankees on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, according to manager Joe Girardi, via Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

Feinsand tweeted on Thursday:

Pettitte will start Tuesday, said Girardi.

— Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) September 13, 2012


The Yankees are hoping Pettitte can inject some life into the ball club. They've gone 5-6 in September, including a 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, and they have a team ERA of 4.16 since the All-Star break, 18th in the majors.

After starting August with a 6.5-game lead in the AL East, the Yankees are currently a half game behind the surging Baltimore Orioles for the division. While the offense has still been solid (275 runs since the All-Star break, eighth in baseball), the pitching staff is in need of a boost.

The 40-year-old left-hander started just nine games this season before suffering a fractured ankle. In his nine starts, he posted a 3.22 ERA and 1.09 WHIP while going 3-3. In 2010, Pettitte registered a 3.28 ERA and 1.27 WHIP while going 11-3 in 21 starts.

The 17-year veteran has shown, even later in his career, that he still has the stuff to be an effective pitcher. You aren't named a three-time All-Star while winning five championships for nothing.

The good news for Pettitte is that the Toronto offense has cooled as of late. Before the All-Star break, the Blue Jays ranked third in the majors in runs scored. After the All-Star break, they rank 27th in that category.

The Yankees, after beating the Red Sox on Wednesday, go for the series win today at Fenway Park. Phil Hughes is scheduled to start against Felix Doubront. I'm sure the Red Sox would like nothing more than to make life difficult for their bitter rivals.


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