Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pettitte, Kennedy Primed For Season

Just in from the Star Ledger, Andy Pettitte pitched well and felt "great" during his minor league start today against Ian Kennedy:

Andy Pettitte told media in Tampa he felt fine after pitching six scoreless innings for Double-A Trenton against Triple-A Scranton in a minor-league camp game.

Pettitte, recovering from back spasms, threw 77 pitches, 48 for strikes. He allowed one hit (to Alberto Gonzalez) and one walk while striking out six.

Ian Kennedy faced Pettitte in his final tuneup. Kennedy's line: five innings, four hits, no runs, one walks, five strikeouts, 77 pitches, 48 strikes.
Pettitte and Ike both threw exactly 77 total pitches and 48 of them for strikes? Eerie.

What's remains impressive about Kennedy, even in the Spring starts where he was batted around, is his ability to miss bats. At his best, Kennedy could compile a pretty surprising k/9 - although it isn't very surprising to those who have seen him pitch several times. It would seem Pettitte is ready to make his regular season debut - slated for this Saturday against Tampa Bay.

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