Via George King, it sounds like there was a very specific purpose for Andy Pettitte's ST guest instructor visit this year:
“I always have conversations about pitching [with Pettitte],” Sabathia said of the retired left-hander who was in Yankees camp this week and threw batting practice. “He showed me the grip for the cutter. I used it [Thursday in a simulated game] and I am going to take it into the game.’’
Awesome. Love it. Regardless of whether the velocity comes up from 88 or not, adding a cutter should help keep hitters honest against CC's fastball this year and thereby make his slider and changeup more effective. If it proves to be an effective pitch for the big fella, the Steinbrenners might have to give Andy another few million just as a thank you.
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