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  • Zain Zain Sep 25, 2013 10:21 AM Flag

    Andy Pettite vs Houston - no brainer?

    Just dropped Cole Hamels (pitches tonight and that's probably it for him) for him, thought he might just put in a particularly good effort on Friday night versus the mighty Astros of Houston and also considering its his last start in MLB. One of the great legends of postseason baseball. Watching him own the posteason was a treat. Its a home game for him, I'm sure he'll want to do well. Fourty something percent owned, good luck to those who also add him.

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    • Go ahead and start him. Just don't expect him to go the distance and strike out 8. I would say QS and a win is reasonable

    • "One of the great legends of postseason baseball."?

      Um...no.

      19 W, 11 L, 3.81 ERA, 1.305 WHIP, 6.0 K/9...those are Andrew Eugene Pettite's playoff pitching stats. You have fond memories of 2000 and 2009 and are forgetting the rest. They beat Atlanta in 1999 DESPITE his 12.27 ERA. They won the 1998 ALCS against Cleveland DESPITE his 11.57 ERA. In 1997 he is the reason they lost to Cleveland in the ALDS with his 0-2 performance and 8.49 ERA. In 1996 they might have won the WS against Atlanta but his 1-1 record and 5.91 didn't really help. In Houston they won the NLCS against St. Louis DESPITE his 0-1 record and 5.11 ERA. And even in 2009 when he went 4-0 in playoff starts and went 2-0 in the WS it was more because of the Yankees' offense because Pettite had a 5.40 ERA for his 2 WS victories that season.

      All that being said...

      ...Pettite (3.88 ERA / 1.355 WHIP) and a 82-75 NYY team with a -18 run differential vs. Brett Oberholtzer (2.71 ERA / 1.101 WHIP) 51-107 HOU team with a -228 run differential?

      Yeah...I think the odds are in your favor...but not by as much as you think.

      • 1 Reply to Dick Strong
      • Pretty average although I should be clear, this was my opinion as a real life pitcher, not from a fantasy persepctive. Saying that, THIS matchup against the Astros is a good one regardless. I think back then I and alot of people didn't consider any other stat than the Win which he was really good at. Its interesting you bring up his stats DS, because I'm pretty sure alot of people thought quite highly of him (putting aside his steroid issues). The feeling back in the 90's was that he's a "go-to guy" one you could count on to pitch you a win. But his stats paint a different story. Shame about that.

        I'm still going with him against Houston because he's been pretty good in his last 2 starts and my league counts QS, not W. But for other leagues that count W, this might not be the best choice.

 

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