Andy Pettitte, who is costing the Yanks $10 million this year and keeping either Chien-Ming Wang or Phil Hughes from the rotation, had another crappy outing yesterday, falling to scrap-pile pickup Fernando Nieve. I have never been enthusiastic about the Pettitte resigning. Sometimes an embarassment of riches isn't really a long-term benefit. The future of the Yankees lies in Wang and Hughes. Their short-term difficulties, are a sacrifice worth making. How much $ is the difference between a Pettitte and a Nieve really worth?
Another counterintuitive thought for the morning. We've heard a lot of one of my least favorite sports cliches over the past 24 hrs, prompted by the Castillo drop on Friday night: "You've got to make that play" and its almost as awful cousin, "He's got to make that play." Usually uttered by some commentator or couch potato who could never have made that play. That's right. It's easy to forget how routine the routine is in MLB. But catching a wind-blown pop caught in the lights in front of 50,000 fans is simply not an easy thing to do. The amazing thing about MLB is how easy the players make the difficult appear. Now, obviously, Castillo is paid to make that kind of catch, and missing it was a huge, terrible, costly error. Yes, the ball should have been caught. I just hate the cliches.