When the Yanks needed a win, was there a better pitcher to turn to than Andy Pettitte? --
Times change, as has his effectiveness. Pettitte is no longer who he was - no longer the stopper the team needs him to be.
Forget for a moment about the familar box score of A-Rod and Giambi putting up blanks on the box score (0 for 9). I think the most important stat is the rally killing DPs A-Rod seems to find, as well as 9 men left on base between the two of them. I don't have the time to prove it, but suspect if we looked at half of the losses this season, they probably could have been wins, and can be chalked up to the failure for these two guys to come through with men on base. Perhaps its time for Girardi to pull a Torre and move these two guys down or out of the line up. Nady and Matsui should be our 4 and 5 hitters for now, because, well, they hit.
On the Cano being moved story - his fate has already been decided, he's gone before spring training starts next year. - $3mm is not that much to swallow. I think the future of the infield is going to fall on the shoulders of Cody Ransom (2B) and Jaun Miranda (1B), two guys whose work ethic will not be questioned once at the Show.
What a lousy way to start an important series.