April 28, 2007
April 28th vs. The Red Sox
Is there any truth to the rumor that, when poor Jeff Karstens cracked his fibula today, Carl Pavano said "Damn, that should have been me out there! Good-bye 'The Summer of Carl!'"?
Karstens switched his uniform number from 17 to 58 before this start. Number 17 got him pounded in Beantown. Number 58 got him the D.L. Maybe it's time to go back to #17? It seems like that number was better for his health.
I have to confess...I only saw the first inning of this game...and then heard the top of the 9th on the car radio. (The 4 pm start didn't match up well with our plans for an early dinner out today with family.)
I did see Igawa get out of the first. Sounds like he did a great job today, overall. Six innings...when the team really needed it...4.04 pitchers per batter...15.5 pitches per inning...that's all good stuff. But, when I see that he threw 42% of his pitches for balls...I have to wonder. Did the Sox help out Igawa in some way today? Sure, 58% of pitches for strikes is not terrible...but, it's not what you usually expect to see on six shutout innings.
In any event, today was a big win for the Yankees...especially when you factor in what happened on the first pitch of the game. This could have been a 7-pitcher game for New York...when they could least afford it. So, no matter how he did it, you have to give the game ball to Igawa.
Let's hope this is a step in the right direction for him - and the team.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at April 28, 2007 08:30 PM
Baseball's a funny game. Some days the sun will shine on a dog's ass and, for one day, the sun was shining right on Kei Igawa. I'm happy for him because it should hopefully give him the confidence to piece together another 1-2 decent starts until Moose gets back. Plus, it's nice to get Mo his first save. Not that I was terribly worried but at least we got it out of the way. Lets hope Wang is on his game tomorrow and we salvage a brutal Friday night with a good rest of the weekend.
Just feels good to get a win. No time to really think about all the holes, I'm just glad I get to wake up again from a night of sleep where the Yankees have won the night before.
You know, this season is shaping out to make a great "Yankeeogrophy"
"Things were at their darkest on April 28th when Karstens was taken out on the first pitch. But the sun would come out on a much maligned Kei Igawa..."
I can hear Sterling now...
His control today was odd, he makes pin point pitches most of the time then loses the grip on the ball or something and make ridiculasly bad balls. (had one that sailed way over Jorge . no one was on base at the time though)
Still, the Ks were wicked and it was hardly those lucky corner strike 3 type, most were swing and miss and he blew away JD Drew twice, the second time on 3 pitches.