Top Nine Andy Pettitte Moments

By Zach Finkelstein

Drafted by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 amateur draft, Andy Pettitte led baseball in victories between 2000-10 and posted a higher winning percentage than arguably the best pitcher of his generation, Greg Maddux. Pettitte proudly wore pinstripes in 15 of his 18 seasons, having taken a three-year hiatus from 2004-06 to pitch for his hometown Houston Astros. And while there are many moments to choose from, here are nine of Pettitte's most amazing accomplishments.

    Pettitte has made at least 15 starts in all but one year of his career without a losing season. In doing so for the 16th straight time in 2010, he surpassed Cy Young (1890-1904) and Tom Seaver (1967-81) for the longest such streak to begin a career in history.
    With a record of 255-152, Pettitte is one of 26 pitchers with 100 more career wins than losses. The select group includes 18 Hall of Famers while five (Mike Mussina, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Randy Johnson) weren't eligible as of 2013.
    Baseball is a game that expects its winners to lose. Losing streaks, however, were not okay with Pettitte. The Louisiana-born lefty has gone 92-54 (.630) in starts that immediately followed a Yankees' regular-season loss.
    A nightmare for hitters and baserunners alike, Pettitte picked off 98 men in his career. No hurler has nabbed more since 1974, when the stat became official.
    What makes a true Yankee? A huge walk-off hit? A World Series ring? Maybe two? While there are no official criteria to consider, Pettitte's pinstripe legitimacy was never questioned. After all, he's only one of six to make a start in 13 separate seasons for the most storied franchise in sports.
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    Pettitte ranks third in Yankees history with 218 wins, 72 of which were secured by Mariano Rivera. No tandem has combined for a win and a save on more occasions since the save became a stat in 1969. The record became theirs on May 29, 2009, when Rivera locked down his 58th Andy Pettitte win. The mark had previously been held by Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley of the Oakland A's.
    In the Bronx, careers are judged not by regular season records and stats, but by playoff triumphs and failures. With 19 playoff wins -- all but one with New York -- Andy owns four more than any hurler in history.
    Pettitte finished in the top five in Cy Young voting on four occasions, made three American League All-Star teams, twice won 21 games, and once was named ALCS MVP. He led his league in wins at the ripe age of 24 and at the age of 38 led baseball with a .786 winning percentage (min. 20 starts).
    Pettitte helped pitch the Yankees to five World Series titles. Enough said. comments