I know it's tempting to drop him. I'm feeling the pain just like everyone else. We have to keep things in perspective, though. Right now people are batting .320 against him. His career BAA is .268 and since he's come to the National league it's been .228. He'll get it together, he's just going through a rough, unlucky stretch. Anybody that panics right now is going to be kicking themselves in the ass when he starts dominating in the second half.
I think this is the right attitude. It's way
riskier to drop a proven pitcher like Petitte than to start him. The logical thing to do, though, is stay in between the extremes and bench him.
I've been pitching him, but after last week, he's staying on my bench until he puts together 2 decent starts in a row. I've picked up another pitcher in the meantime to fill out his starts.