Meanwhile, here is the general tone of the e-mails the last two days:
Andy Pettitte sucks.
Signed, Insane Reader.
The populace has turned on Pettitte like a pack of angry badgers. They seem to think he should take whatever he can get from the Yankees just for the honor of putting on the pinstripes. Most think his second-half performance last season indicates he is finished.
Yes, Pettitte was 4-7, 5.35 in his last 13 starts. But Pettitte had a sore shoulder and he kept pitching because the alternative was Kei Igawa. He took the ball every five days until the Yankees were eliminated.
Pettitte also was pitching without the benefit of having had a full offseason of conditioning. He admitted that the Congressional investigation interrupted his usual routine. Sure, it was his fault for taking PEDs in the first place and working out with Roger Clemens and policeman of the year Brian McNamee. But the fact remains, he didn’t get his work in.
Beyond that, consider the stats beyond wins and loses. Pettitte was one of 33 pitchers to throw at least 200 innings last season. Pettitte is one of 21 pitchers to have thrown 400 innings in the last two seasons. That means he has stayed healthy enough to pitch, he has merited being sent back to the mound, he has saved the bullpen. Oh, and this was while pitching in the AL East.
Pettitte got more groundballs in 2008 than he did in 2007. But outs weren’t as easy to come by thanks to the defense behind him. Pettitte also struck out more batters per nine innings.
One particularly angry fellow told me there is no evidence that Pettitte is better than Alfredo Aceves. Take it easy.
To me, the issue is not so much Pettitte as it is that the Yankees still have innings to account for. If it’s not Pettitte, then who will it be?
Good photos of the new Stadium on this forum. We had a friendly meeting with the PR staff yesterday to talk about some issues. After being at so many new stadiums around the league, it’s hard to believe there will be two in New York.
Just a warning, based on the construction around the Stadium area I saw yesterday, you might want to leave for Opening Day pretty soon. It’s a mess.
Finally saw Frost/Nixon. If you’re not politically inclined, it’s not going to do much for you. But if you appreciate postwar history, it’s interesting.
Next up on the movie list: Defiance.