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.