June 7, 2010

Poll Results: Fans project most wins for Pettitte

poll results25In the beginning of the week, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes had six wins apiece. Even though CC Sabathia was behind two wins, I still suspect he will lead the team in victories. This is why I wanted to see who fans thought would win the most besides CC. And the fans certainly made a definitive choice: Pettitte.

Burnett was the only starter not to earn a win last week.

Record columnist Bob Klapisch wrote about Pettitte’s future over the weekend, pointing out it’s not a question of ability or injury anymore. It’s just family.

Pettitte himself says, “it’s killing me not to be there watching my kids play ball. I hear it from my wife every day: “we can’t do it here without you.” In the winter, she was telling me to go (back to the Yankees). But as soon as I left, it was, “come home.”

“To be honest with you. If I put my mind to it, I could still be doing this until I’m 45,” he said. “It’s just a matter if I could do that to my family. I just don’t know the answer to that right now.” and, honestly, I don’t know.”

The 37-year-old was probably exaggerating when he said 45, but let’s say he wasn’t. Eight more years of even mediocre health easily would put him in line for 300 wins and a bid to the Hall of Fame. Right now, he’s probably not a Hall of Famer, but with 300 wins getting harder and harder to reach, he’d almost be a sure thing.

Next poll: Are you ready to move Teixeira down in the lineup?

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