Thursday, July 12, 2007

#5 SP- C-

Kei Igawa was supposed to fill this spot. Opinions on him differed greatly. Some though he would be a solid pitcher with an ERA around 4.50. Others though he`d be a complete bust. Igawa has an ERA over 7.00. He was sent down to the minors to work on his mechanics with Billy Connors and and Nardi Contreras. It seemed to work in the minors were he put up great numbers. Tyler Clippard wasn't ready so Igawa was called back up. Since then he's made two starts. He`s been okay but given up a ton of HR's. He alone probably deserves a D-. Carl Pavano (Who?), Chase Wright, Darrell Rasner, Jeff Karstens, and Phillip Hughes have all been tried here. All of them either got injured or just were plain bad. The only hope for this is Hughes coming back and filling the hole here. When Hughes comes back we should have a very good rotation.

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