So I feel as if Ted Lilly were pitching yesterday I would not have been so cynical. My expectations for Kei Igawa were already low. I mean how good can he possibly be if he’s projected as a number 5 starter. Suffice it to say I was not impressed yesterday. After Pavano’s "return" I was semi relieved because it was neither stellar nor horrid so that was fine. However, Igawa really ****** it up. If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s walks. I’d rather have my starter give up home runs than walks. Walks are basically freebies and that is not ok.
So anyway…the point is: After much reflection, I think Phil should start in the majors as the number 5 starter. There will be very low expectations for him as a number 5 starter…all he needs to do is have a ERA slightly above 4 and maybe win 10-12 games. That would be fine with me. Kei Igawa was a pointless investment and I think Cash just did it to compete with the Sox. However, whereas Igawa *****…Matsuzaka is totally legit.
About Phil….previously I was completely against the notion of bringing him straight up, however, I was reading something on Baseball Prospectus yesterday and I think they’re right. Let’s get him up before the injuries etc start. C’mon….let phil make the team. I know his first start wasn’t stellar but he showed a command that Igawa lacked even though he was really nervous.
*** is with Big Z guaranteeing a world series????
On another note….I really like Cole Hamels. I think he has a lot of potential but can someone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE fix his motion. He has the make-up for an ace lefty but if someone doesn’t teach him a new motion his arm will go out very soon.
T-Clip kind of owned yesterday. That makes me happy.