That win today, it was a good one. Hideki Matsui, batting clean-up, utterly crushed a 3-1 offering from Pat Neshek to give the Yanks a lead they wouldn’t give up. And with that blow, the Yanks took 3 out of 4 in a must-win series for the Bombers.
But the real story of today wasn’t the win or Kyle Farnworth’s fourth 1-2-3 inning of the season. The real story was yet another incredibly bad outing from Kei Igawa. Down 2-0 before the Yanks had a chance to bat, Igawa would later cough up a three-run lead. Torre pulled the Japanese bust after five innings, and for once, going to the bullpen was the right move.
Since returning to the Yankees rotation from Minor League purgatory, Igawa has gone 0-1 with 6.19 ERA. Sadly, that’s an improvement from his pre-demotion tenure on the Yanks. While the Yanks have gone 2-1 in his three starts, the credit belongs to the offense as they’ve scored 14 runs in the two wins (and were one-hit in the loss).
Specifically, Igawa has thrown 16 innings, surrendering 17 hits while walking 9 and striking 12. He’s given up 3 home runs and has retired just 14 batters via the ground ball as opposed to 21 via the fly ball. He pitches like a disaster waiting to happen, and it’s only a matter of time before he gets pounded for an ungodly number of runs in, say, 1.2 innings.
So what should the Yanks do? With Phil Hughes still a few weeks out, the Yanks’ options are limited. They could keep Igawa in the rotation, and they do seem to be leaning toward giving him at least one more start. They could dip back into the farm system and call up Steven White.
What they won’t do, however, is what we would all love to see happen if just for the novelty of it: The Yankees will not call up Joba Chamberlain. This afternoon, I debated whether or not to post a piece calling for his Bronx debut. He is, after all, making mince meat of AA hitters, and he has the psychological make-up to make the most of a Big League call up. But being cautious right now is the right choice. There’s no need to rush a potential top-line starter this season.
For now, then, we’re stuck with our expensive waste of money. While some of us have clamored for Igawa’s release, the Yanks have options on the ineffective lefty and owe him a pretty penny over the next few seasons. He won’t go anywhere, but the team will try to minimize the damage he may do at the Big League level. And with Hughes on the horizon, all we have to do is hold out a few more weeks. It can’t be all that bad, right?
Remember to Vote for Joba! The poll comes down whenever I wake up tomorrow.
Triple-A Scranton was rained out; they’ll make it up as part of an August 9th doubleheader. I was really looking forward to the scheduled Jon Lester-Chase Wright pitching matchup, but of course the weather interfered. Story of my life.
Double-A Trenton is currently in a rain delay. The Thunder were leading the…uhhh…team from Altoona 5-4 in the middle of the 8th when the rains came. I’m not going to wait around for the game to finish, so here’s what the boys did up to that point:
Brett Gardner: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB – BA went from .213 to .310 since he returned from his broken hand injury just under a month ago
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 4, 1 R, 2 E (throwing, fielding)
Cody Ehlers: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI-Â 10 for his lastÂ 21 withÂ 5 XBH… now if they only let him play first
Matt Carson & Colin Curtis: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – Curtis swiped a bag
Jeff Marquez: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 10-5 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff)Â - file this under “completely uninteresting Jeff Marquez starts,” just like the rest of ‘em
Sorry for the headline.
There has been a rumor floating around the Internets regarding Phil Hughes making a rehab start on Monday. Pete Abraham confirms that today. It’ll be at Tampa, and you can be sure you’ll hear plenty about it.
Normally, I wouldn’t double-dip from Pete, but to us, this is very important news.
We’re still tied at five at the Stadium. I’m sure I’ll spend plenty of time ragging on Kei Igawa later on, but let’s get to some more optimistic news.
A-Rod is to undergo an MRI today — though he was in the dugout, so maybe it happened already. We’ll update this section when we hear the results.
Update: From the YES postgame: MRI came back negative. Expect A-Rod to play tomorrow night.
Giambi is out of the boot and will be reevaluated. He’s got an MRI coming that will determine when he’ll be back (and boy could we use him).
Hughes is throwing BP today in Tampa, and is on target to start a rehab assignment soon:
I mentioned Hughes earlier, and there’s some good news on that frontâ€”he could start a rehab assignment next week. His ankle is healed, so now the biggest challenge for him is rebuilding his stamina. If he starts next week, he could be back in The Bronx before we flip the calendar, but expect a very deliberate, conservative plan for him.
All in all, we’re sitting on some decent news. Updates if any come later today.
Update by Mike: While we’re on the topic of injured players, I might as well mention this little tidbit from Kat O’Brien over at Newsday:
Jeff Karstens (broken leg) is not yet throwing batting practice, but is throwing from a mound.
Doug Mientkiewicz (broken wrist) and Darrell Rasner (fractured finger) are scheduled to go to Tampa at the All-Star break for further rehab.
Getting players healthy is always aÂ good thing; even if no one has any friggin’ idea where they’ll play once they’re ready toÂ do so.
On Monday night, we held our collective breaths when A-Rod went down. We exhaled on Tuesday when he was in the starting lineup. But mired in an 0-for-19 slump and feeling the effects of his tweaked hamstring, A-Rod is not in the lineup for today’s day game. There is no word on his condition beyond this. We’ll have more when it becomes available. Hideki is taking over the clean-up duties today. · (0) ·
An abbreviated report on last night’s action…
- Chris Britton gave up 3 ER in 1 inning of work. His ERA has gone from sub-1.00 to 2.77 in the last month or so.
- Brett Smith threw a no-hitter for Trenton, but you can stick an asterick on it; the game was called after 5 innings due to rain. He also walked an ungodly 7 batters.
- Seth Fortenberry took another 0-fer and is now 3 for his last 30. Josue Calzado went 3 for 4 with a bomb.
- Dellin Betances went 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 6 K. It seems like everyone was walking alot of guys last night, so you can probably attribute that to the crappy weather on the East Coast.
- Ross Ohlendorf went 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K in his 3rd rehab start with the GCL Yanks.
I like sleep. Sleep is good.
Apologies for the slow day on RAB. We weren’t around our computers on the Fourth, and you shouldn’t have been either. But the Yanks played. And lost. Once again, the team’s pitchers weren’t handled properly by Torre, and the offense couldn’t, unsurprisingly, put much together against Johan Santana. Meanwhile, the Red Sox won, and the Yanks fell to 12 out. It would be great to reel off 4 more wins before the All Star Break. The Red Sox fans Detroit this weekend, and maybe the Yanks could gain a couple of games before a much-needed vacation. If they don’t, it’s going to be a very long climb during the second half. · (2) ·
There’s a devilish little rumor running around the interweb saying that the Yanks have signed 10th round pick Carmen Angelini (late sandwich/early second rounder based on talent), but MLB is forcing them to delay the announcement because the signing bonus far exceeds slot recommendations (this is very typical).
I have no confirmation of this whatsoever, and I’m actually kinda hoping someone out there knows what’s up.
Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Ottawa, walk-off style)
Juan Francia: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – if it’s possible to quietly hit .356, he’s doin’ it…
Kevin Reese: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 4, 1 K – in other news, well…um…Andy Phillips is actually starting to hit the ball
Eric Duncan: 0 for 4, 1 E (throwing)
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Tyler Clippard: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3-13 GB/FB – eh, I guess it’s improvement
Ben Kozlowski: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K – after being the team’s horse the first half of the year, he got in “only” 10.1Â IP in June