10/18/2003 9:59 PM ET
Pettitte to take Game 2 ball
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Redman gets another shot at Yankees
NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte is Mr. Game 2 this postseason and he's going to get another shot at it in the second game of the World Series against the Marlins on Sunday night.
Pettitte was the Game 2 starter in the American League Division Series against Minnesota and the AL Championship Series against Boston, both at Yankee Stadium. He came back to win after the Yankees lost the first game in each series.
"It just seems like that's the way it always works out," Pettitte said about the repetition of starting so many second games. "It seems like that's where I've been slotted for the entire playoffs. I think it ended up that way because it worked out best for us. But it's a playoff start. Really, no matter where you are you're just very honored and thrilled to be able to start in a playoff game."
For Pettitte, it will be his ninth career World Series start dating back to 1996. He's 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA. He'll face Florida left-hander Mark Redman, who'll be making his first World Series start. Torre explained before Saturday night's game why he continued to place Pettitte in the Game 2 spot even though this time the veteran left-hander will be pitching on three days of rest.
"Andy's done well at home, so he's pitching Game 2. If it goes beyond Games 4 and 5, he'll have Game 6 and that will be at home also," Torre said.
Pettitte wasn't quite as effective starting Game 6 against the Red Sox this past Wednesday night. He worked the first five innings of a 9-6 loss, but said he hoped not to have any problems Sunday working on a shorter shift.
"I'm not really sure," Pettitte said. "I haven't done it in awhile and that's just because the rotation has been healthy all year and we've each made our starts. Actually, we've been pitching on more rest than less. I may not be as strong as I have been because of the short rest, but hopefully, I can get out there and I'll feel great and give us a good start."
Pettitte, 12-7 in 29 postseason starts, will make his ninth career World Series start on Sunday.
He's worked as the No. 2 starter in the past behind guys like Jimmy Key, Orlando Hernandez, Roger Clemens, and this year, Mussina. But in the end, Pettitte might be Torre's most reliable postseason starter.
Pettitte said the cumulative affect of the postseason experiences has taught him to control his emotions in big games.
"I've been able to make so many starts now in the postseason, that the big thing is controlling your emotions and controlling your body and getting relaxed out there," he said. "The more you do it, the more relaxed you are, I believe. So I've just been fortunate. I've had so many opportunities to make so many postseason starts that's it's not overwhelming to me."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.