I was looking at Andy's stats last night and I noticed something very surprising:
#1: 214.1 IP, 238 H, 178K, 1.437 WHIP
#2: 215.1 IP, 238 H, 141K, 1.426 WHIP
Year 1 is 2006 in the NL Central. Year 2 is 2007 in the AL East. I will grant you that given his stellar 2004 and 2005, 2006 looks like the outlier. Either way, Pettitte is hardly an ace. He's a workhorse, but I'm not sure he's the answer to my prayers.
That WHIP is on par with such luminaries as Kenny Rogers, Jon Lieber, Paul Maholm, and Joe Borowski. I think Pettitte was lucky to have the results he had considering how he pitched.
The league hit .286/.338/.415 off him. The more I think about it, the less likely a repeat performance seems.
Maybe he feels that way too.