I confess, I never really thought the Astros would have a shot at Andy Pettite, but it looks like I was wrong. It's a gutsy move on their part, though it does have a downside, as Pettite has benefited from a fairly pitcher-friendly park (especially for lefties) and a scoring-machine offense. You do have to admire them for the willingness to take a chance, though. I'm a diehard Yankee fan and I hate to see Pettite go, but kudos to the Stros on this.
Meanwhile, John Lopez goes one for three in his effort to say something useful about this.
It looks like Pettitte will get his last hurrah at home, feel the love and be a success, given the battery of big bats surrounding him and the fact he remains in his prime.
That short porch in left field at Minute Maid Park certainly could be an easy mark for the occasional fat pitch Pettitte might have gotten away with in Yankee Stadium.
There's that 4.00-plus home ERA Pettitte carried in New York and the fact he is not a strikeout pitcher. He gets outs by being a control man who keeps the ball in play. Here, some of those outs could well spell trouble.
But never mind that. I have to tip my cap to Drayton McLane and Gerry Hunsicker for making a splash. (If only they were this aggressive in upgrading other positions.) I just better not hear about poverty and red ink next year, OK?Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 11, 2003 to Baseball | TrackBack