a new hitting coach, respectfully, ain't the answer. justice didn't forget how to hit. knobby, either. that's a scapegoat search. you get up there against schilling or johnson. tv doesn't come CLOSE to simulating what it's like standing in there against guys that don't just throw pure gas but might also knock you on your ass or snap off a slider, splitter, change, etc. hitting is TOUGH. success is NOT the norm. good pitching will cause slumps. look at what rivera's done. i mean, he got beat last night but hey, THAT'S the guy you want in there because he flat-out overpowers professional hitters.
i'm surprised you got on pettite. i'll take that guy ANY day. they're all human, they're all gonna lose. seattle also got beat 40-something times. the playoffs are a DIFFERENT world. the thin pitching in the bigs that allows half the league to hit 40+ homers is gone; you have to face REAL major league pitchers instead of guys who are really AAA pitchers, at BEST. there's a reason barry bonds hasn't done so well in the post-season.
anyway. hats off the yanks. a great team with greater character.
how 'bout nomo for andy? come on, PLEASE.