NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte has never finished a season with a losing record in his 17-year playing career.
His current record is 7-8.
But the lefty doesn’t tend to worry about what his record reads, but rather how he can help the team win.
“I don’t worry about my record that much because I know if I pitch well, we’re going to win plenty of games,” Pettitte told the New York Post. “The day you pitch and how many runs we score determines how many wins you have half the time. I’ve had worse years than this one when my ERA has been almost (5.00).”
The five-time World Series champion is referring to his 1999 season with the Yanks, when he finished the year with an ERA of 4.70. He currently boasts a 4.39 ERA.
The veteran claims that he is mostly worried about his consistency after numerous injuries and the inevitable climb in age.
“The most frustrating part is that starting out the year, everything was right where I wanted it,” the three-time All-Star told the paper. “Usually I don’t lose it like I have, but (injuries to) my back, shoulder and neck got me out of my arm slot and out of kilter. I’m just hoping things click back in.”
With the Bombers trying to remain in the playoff hunt, things need to start clicking for the 41-year-old immediately.
“Some years, it’s just difficult,” Pettitte told the paper. “And this is one of those years. If I don’t have consistency, I’m in trouble. I don’t throw 94-95 (mph) anymore. I don’t even throw 91-92. Now I’m at 87 sometimes, so I need to be sharp.”
The Yankees’ all-time strikeout leader will take the mound on Tuesday night when the Yankees travel to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers as part of their West Coast trip.
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