April 23, 2007
It's Man-Up Time For Igawa
Through last night's game, here is how the Yankees and Red Sox starters stack up - in terms of innings per start:
Yankees fans can't get on Wright and Kartsens here (as Wright should be pitching in Double-A now and Karstens was rushed off a rehab). And, sure, it would be nice if Mussina and Pavano were pitching - but, they are hurt. (At least, we think Pavano is hurt.) Of course, yes, Worm Killer Wang coming back this week should help here too.
But, Rasner and Igawa need to give the Yankees more innings per start. Sure, Rasner has blisters. But, that only flies for one game...in my opinion. You either fix them or go on the D.L. (if you can't address them). If you're able to make the start, then you're on the hook to provide innings.
It starts for Igawa tonight. He needs to use his pitches in a manner that will allow him to go at least six innings...hopefully seven. If Igawa only pitches five-and-a-third, or less, tonight, he's clearly this year's model of Jaret Wright.
Let's hope he can show the Yankees something special this evening.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at April 23, 2007 11:04 AM
Absolutely. I want him to go 8 innings tonight, with Mo getting the save. Doesn't matter if it is a 10-8 game, go eight innings.
you can't kill rasner on his last start, he got pulled too early IMO
igawa has showed some promise, gettin a lot of first pitch strikes recently and working ahead of the batter...sometimes though, i feel like he tries to make the perfect pitch to get the hitter out and wastes too many. he needs to go after them
Posted by: Corey at April 23, 2007 12:52 PM
Are you kidding? Jaret Wright would be a horse in this rotation right now. But, like Rbj says, you keep Igawa in there for eight innings tonight, regardless of whether or not he is actually effective. Sadly, it'll be a one run game in the fifth, at which point Torre will commence his mix and match bullpen antics.
Well, he is far from manning up. He's looking to be a terrible signing.