With the appropriate caveats — it’s early; Spring Training stats don’t count for anything; small sample size — let’s pretend there is a pitcher who has thrown 8 innings for the Yanks this spring with very promising results. Let’s pretend that in those 8 innings, this left-hander has allowed three hits and no runs. Let’s pretend he has struck out six while walking none, and let’s pretend, for good measure, that the people watching the games are noticing his performance. And now let’s pretend that the guy’s name isn’t Kei Igawa. Would you consider him for the bullpen? Because that’s exactly what Kei Igawa has done this spring.
The Yanks and their fans could avoid another torturous Kei Igawa start this week if the threat of rain becomes a reality in Detroit today. Ed Price has all the details, and I urge Yankee fans everywhere to hope for a rained-out game today. Save us from Igawa.