Andy Pettitte is starting to get into the stage of his career where Derek Jeter is now and where Bernie Williams was a few years ago. It seems like almost every time he pitches, he is either tieing or breaking a Yankees record or moving up a Yankees all time list in some category. Four days shy of his 38th birthday, Pettitte gave up only two earned runs in 7 and 1/3 innings and raised his season record to 8-1 and earned his 200th career vistory as a Yankee.
Pettitte's career record is now 236-136, 100 games over .500. Pettitte has now thrown over 3,000 career innings and has surpassed the 2,200 strikeout mark. In addition to his regular season numbers, Pettitte has pitched a full season in the postseason, throwing 249 innings, and going 18-9 with a 3.90 ERA. On top of that, he's been one of the best fielding pitchers of his ERA, particularly when you consider how well he holds runners and picks runners off.
Someday soon there will be debates about whether Pettitte deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Right now, I'm just enjoying watching him pitch, just like I was in 1996.