Yesterday, I wrote:
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.
Later, I saw that the Red Sox David Ortiz was not that impressed by Igawa:
“He [Igawa] was all right, nothing special,” said Sox slugger David Ortiz. “A lot of hittable pitches. We were just not hitting them.”
Interesting quote. I’m surprised to see this from someone like Ortiz. He must really mean it. We’ll see what happens the next time Igawa gets to pitch again. Maybe having hope for him is a mistake?