How long does it take to check assertions like this?
If Pettitte retires, it could be devastating to the Yankees. He is not only a very good pitcher, but a tremendous postseason pitcher.
How tremendous is Andy Pettitte in the postseason?
- Andy Pettitte career ERA: 3.88.
- Andy Pettitte career postseason ERA: 3.83.
Andy Pettitte postseason ERA compared to contemporaries:
- John Smoltz: 2.67
- Tom Glavine: 3.30
- Roger Clemens: 3.75
- Greg Maddux: 3.16
- Curt Schilling: 2.23
- David Wells: 3.17
- Orlando Hernandez: 2.55
- Pedro Martinez: 3.46
The man's a good pitcher, and he's had some great postseasons series (as well as some crappy ones) and certainly his retirement could well be "devastating" to New York. There's certainly no shame in looking at Pettitte's career and saying he's had a very good one and overall pitched the same in the playoffs, which is really all you can ask. But a "tremendous postseason pitcher"? Compared to what? And to whom?
I know it's asking a lot for Nick Cafardo to do basic research to back up his unfounded assertions, but he does work for a newspaper and gets paid for the privilege.
Semi-retraction: Doing more in depth game-by-game research, I discovered that Pettitte actually has been "tremendous," at least by my definition of the word, since 2003, with an ERA in the postseason under 3.00 and a differential from his regular-season ERA by more than 1.5 runs. Though I doubt Cafardo was thinking in such nuanced terms, it appears that in this case he was more correct on this than I was. Carry on.