Friday, September 20, 2013
Andy Pettitte’s career leaves lasting mark
By ESPN Stats & Information
Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesNew York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte announced his retirement today. His last home start is scheduled for Sunday against San Francisco, a day when the Yankees are honoring Mariano Rivera at Yankee Stadium.
Andy Pettitte helped lead the Yankees to 5 World Series titles during his career.
His last start of the season will likely come next weekend in Houston against the Astros, near his home.
Here are the top five things to know about Pettitte’s 18-year major league career.
1. Originally selected by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, Pettitte is 255-152 (.627) with a 3.86 ERA in 529 appearances (519 starts) with the Yankees (1995-2003, '07-10 and '12-13) and Astros (2004-06).
He is the franchise leader in strikeouts (2,009) and is on pace to finish his career tied with Whitey Ford (438) for the most starts in Yankees history.
His 255 career wins are the most by a left-hander since 1995 (his first season in the majors). Randy Johnson (222), Jamie Moyer (218) and CC Sabathia (204) round out the top four.
2. Pettitte will become the third member of the Yankees "Core Four" to retire in the last three seasons, joining Mariano Rivera after this season and catcher Jorge Posada, who retired following the 2011 season.
That will leave shortstop Derek Jeter as the only active member.
3. Currently 103 games over .500 in his career, Pettitte is the only active pitcher (and one of just 26 pitchers in MLB history) to post a record of 100-or-more games over .500.
Of the 25 other pitchers to accomplish the feat, 18 have been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
4. Pettitte is the all-time winningest pitcher in postseason history, going 19-11 with a 3.81 ERA in 44 career starts. He also ranks first all-time in postseason starts and innings pitched (276.2) and is second with 183 strikeouts.
His 19 postseason wins are more than that of eight other franchises (Royals-18; Diamondbacks-17, Mariners-15, Brewers-14, Padres-12, Rays-11, Rockies-9 and Expos/Nationals-7).
5. Pettitte has earned the win in a game in which Rivera also earned a save 72 times in his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the highest win-save combination for any pair of pitchers since saves became an official statistic in 1969.