From Marc Carig (Star-Ledger):
While Jose Molina didn’t appear in Tuesday’s 5-3 Yankees victory against the Blue Jays, he might have made a call that figured significantly in the outcome.As Chris at The Yankee Universe astutely pointed out a few days ago, Molina has worked well with Andy Pettitte. So, before the game, Molina approached starting catcher Jorge Posada with a piece of advice on how to handle the veteran lefty.
“Make sure he keeps throwing (the cutter),” Molina told Posada, who hadn’t caught Pettitte since July 11.
So, with Posada putting down the signs, Pettitte threw 23 cutters, which was part of the reason Pettitte picked up the victory and lowered his ERA to 2.36 in his four starts since the All-Star Break.
Though he didn’t generate as many swinging strikes when compared to his previous two outings, Pettitte made them count. Pettitte got eight swings and misses, five of them for strike three.
“Obviously, it sets everything up,” said Pettitte, who until recently had gotten away from throwing the cutter. “It makes everything else effective for you.”
As soon as I saw that Jorge Posada was catching Andy Pettitte last night, and that Pettitte was actually pitching well, I thought, “Hell, I’m going to get so much flack for this tomorrow.” Carig’s article helps me out a bit, though, as Molina offered tips to Posada on catching and calling Pettitte prior to the game. Also, while Pettitte pitched well with Posada, it was a hard earned win. He walked 4 and threw 104 pitches over 6 2/3 innings. Pettitte had only walked 3 batters in his previous 3 starts (all with Molina catching). So, there was still some struggle there in terms of locating with Posada behind the plate (why that is, I’m not sure).
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