First Pitch: Old Pettitte vs. Young Pettitte
June, 22, 2012
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
If there is one pitcher that lefty Jon Niese is compared to it is Andy Pettitte. They both are lefty. They both throw a cutter. And the Mets hope that Niese has half the career that Pettitte has had.
Let's be clear: Niese is not even close to Pettitte's level yet, but Niese has some fine-makeup for what could be a long, successful career. He enters Friday night's Subway Series opener at 4-3 with a 3.82 ERA. Pettitte is 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA.
The only guy that figures to be in the Mets' starting lineup with a history against Pettitte are David Wright, and, if Terry Collins chooses, Scott Hairston. Wright and Hairston have had a lot of success against Pettitte. Wright, in 24-at-bats, has hit .458 with two homers and three RBIs. Hairston is 6-for-15 (.400), half of his hits have been doubles.
For the Yankees, they don't have anyone with a significant number of at-bats against Niese, except for Raul Ibanez and he only has 16 (.250 with a homer).
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