In his first 16 starts this season, Pettitte was one of the best pitchers to take in offshore betting as he was 10-2 with a 2.82 ERA. He was not originally on the All-Star team, but he is now, as he replaces the injured Clay Buchholz.
Online bookmaker odds will favor the American League in next week’s All-Star game as their roster is loaded. Getting Pettitte on the team is another huge help. It is the third All-Star selection for Pettitte who is having his best season so far. Players selected the pitchers for the All-Star team and Pettitte was sixth in the voting but only five starters made the team. Since Buchholz is injured, Pettitte is the next in line to make the team. Pettitte was an All-Star in 1996 and in 2001.
Pettitte becomes the seventh New York player on the American League All-Star team. He sure deserves to be on the team. He has better numbers than any of the Yankee starting pitchers. CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes already made the All-Star team but Pettitte has better numbers than both of them. There was actually never any doubt in offshore betting that Pettitte was going to make the team. Baseball has new rules that prevent a pitcher who starts on Sunday from pitching in the All-Star game. Sabathia is expected to start for the Yankees on Sunday so he won’t be able to pitch in the All-Star game. Manager Joe Girardi was going to add Pettitte anyway. Now he doesn’t have to worry about it.
Even though Pettitte is a late addition to the team, he could get the start in the All-Star game. He is expected to start for New York on Thursday which would put his normal turn in the rotation scheduled for next Tuesday, the date of the All-Star game. Pettitte has excellent numbers that make him a deserving starter. Other New York players on the roster in addition to Pettitte, Sabathia and Hughes are Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez. It is also possible that Nick Swisher could make the team as he was leading the fan voting for the final spot on the roster.