Andy Pettitte now all-time Yankees strikeout leader
Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte made franchise history on Monday night against the Twins, as he passed Whitey Ford on the team strikeouts list.
With his fifth inning strikeout of Justin Morneau on Monday night, Andy Pettitte became the Yankees' all-time leader in strikeouts. With 1,958 whiffs as a member of the Yankees, Pettitte surpassed Whitey Ford's long-standing franchise mark.
Overall, Pettitte now has 2,386 strikeouts, but 428 of those came as a member of the Astros.
Ford, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974, is still the franchise leader in wins with 236. Pettitte has 213 as a Yankee (good for third, behind Ford and Red Ruffing's 231 wins) and 250 overall.
As for greatest Yankee pitcher of all-time, the discussion is essentially down to Ford and Pettitte's teammate Mariano Rivera, who's in his final season.
Although a good starter is typically more valuable than even a great reliever by virtue of the vastly greater innings load, Rivera's excellence is such that we have a certifiable debate. While WAR is by no means a discussion-ender, it's worth noting that, according to Baseball-Reference, Rivera narrowly leads Ford on the all-time Yankee pitching WAR leaderboard.
Pettitte, for what it's worth, ranks third on that list, just ahead of Ron Guidry.
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