• July 26th @ The Royals

    Posted by on July 27th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    OK, show of hands – how many people turned this game off once A-Rod grounded out in the 8th inning?

    Didn’t this game have a, sort of, “Let’s watch for A-Rod’s 500th homer tonight because Igawa’s pitching and we’re going to lose” feel to it?

    Is that why the Yankees batters took the night off for this contest?

    Too bad. The Yankees cannot afford to be letting any games get away for them at this stage – even if they are expecting milestones or have someone like Igawa (who once again gave up too many long flyball hits) starting for them.

    Comments on July 26th @ The Royals

    1. rbj
      July 27th, 2007 | 8:19 am

      I’m glad I was busy last night. Seems to me that last night was the “you aren’t going to sweep a four game series especially with a crappy starter” game. But with Hughes on the way back, we shouldn’t have Igawa to kick around anymore.
      And wouldn’t the rotation look like Wang, Clemens, Pettitte, Hughes, Mussina? Moose as #5 starter.

    2. baileywalk
      July 27th, 2007 | 9:03 am

      Watching Igawa pitch is physically painful. Whichever scout recommended him should never consult the Yankees again — on anything.

      You have to question why he’s even in the rotation now. They sent him down to work on his mechanics, and he came back the exact same pitcher. His numbers in the minors weren’t even that great. I know Igawa is a huge embarrassment for Cashman, but he probably should have left Igawa in AAA and used someone like Steven White or stuck with the struggling Clippard a few more starts. It’s kind of pitiful that you have to consider last night a “decent” start for him — since he had a few innings where he didn’t get lit up.

      I think the order of the rotation in the regular season is somewhat meaningless (1s don’t always face 1s). It’s all about the post-season, and unless Hughes goes Clemens-mid-’80s on us, I doubt he gets a start over Mussina in the playoffs. That would be a pretty tough pill to swallow for a guy with as much experience as Mussina. And it’s doubtful Torre would ever make that call.

      I just hope Hughes comes back after his next start and Igawa leaves and it stabilizes the fifth spot in the rotation (so that they can truly trot out a pitcher with a chance to win every night).

    3. His Thickness
      July 27th, 2007 | 11:31 am

      Igawa’s just atrocious to watch. He simply cannot pitch from the stretch: he can’t get down and over his front leg with his throwing arm unless he’s in the windup. That means the ball is going to be consistently up in the zone.

      To compound the problem, he refuses to pitch from the windup with a runner on third (as Girardi noted last night) because of his tendency to balk during the step-off-pick-off move.

      The worst part of watching an Igawa-night, however, is his tendency to run up a quick pitcher’s count, then find himself unable to put batters away. Have you even seen anyone go -02 so often without consistently finishing the K? Every 1-2 or 0-2 count. he’ll try the low change/curve, bounce it (and never fool the batter, with his transparent delivery) then promptly deliver a 2-2 fastball at the letters…instant double.

      Cashman must be kicking himself over that huge sum he wasted on this bum. Igawa’s reall only good for comic relief when he puts on thoseabsurd sunglasses.

      Sigh.

    4. July 27th, 2007 | 11:39 am

      Watching Igawa is truly atrocious. He simply can’t pitch from the stretch: he’s unable to get his pitching arm down and over his front leg, which lets his fastball float up in the zone.

      To compound the problem, he refuses to pitch from the windup with a man on third, (as Girardi noted last night) as he is prone to balk when forced to rely on the more complicated step-off-pickoff move.

      Have you ever seen a pitcher who runs up more quick two-strike counts, then can’t put batters away? Igawa will get to 1-2, 0-2, then drop a changeup or curve in the dirt (rarely fooling the hitter with his transaprent delivery). Then he’ll get rattled and serve up a letters-high fast ball.

      Instant double.

      Cashman must be kicking himself over this latest money pit. The only redeeming element to Igawa is comic relief–those sunglasses he wears in day games are simply ridiculous.

      Sigh.

    5. July 27th, 2007 | 11:42 am

      I’m retarded, posting twice.

      At least it’s an interesting view at what a re-write from memory looks like.

      This was Igawa’s fault, too.

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