…if you thought the Yankees’ starting pitching would be a problem.
I’m putting a finger up, not a whole hand. I thought we’d have a great rotation going into spring training, except for Garcia, last year’s reclamation project along with Colon, and Hughes, who has always struck me as being overrated. CC, Pineda and Nova would lead the staff, I figured, and Garcia and Hughes would pick up the back end until someone better came along.
So much for that plan. Pineda isn’t in the mix and CC and Nova have been okay so far but not dominant. Hughes has pitched about as well as I expected. It’s Garcia that’s a head scratcher for me. Why didn’t Cashman just say, after last season, “Well, we caught a break with Freddy. Let’s be grateful and move on.” Why push your luck and bring him back for an encore?
Yes, there are rumblings that he might be hurt, but more likely he’s just done.
Today’s game did have its positives.
- The bullpen continues to be a revelation.
- Swisher is a beast. So is Granderson.
- Eduardo Scissorhands didn’t make an error.
- The Yankees keep showing a lot of heart with their comebacks – a very good thing.
But I’d be lying if I didn’t say to myself – somewhere around the fifth inning – “Andy Pettitte needs to be Andy Pettitte really badly.”