Well although I am a diehard Yankees fan, I'm not the first to admit that their pitching has not lived up to expectations this year. So many disappointing players and performances in so little time! Unbelieveable! When the Bombers were in the midst of their 7 game losing streak back in April I thought I might kill myself over the pitching.
One huge disappointment this year has got to be Kei Igawa. Igawa has gone 2-1 with a 7.63 ERA this season, each outing seemingly unprettier than the first. The Yankees thought Igawa was their guy to give them solid starts and wins. Hasnt happened. The Yankees were so eager to get this guy, they thought he could be a substitute for Dice K. Yeah right!
Then there's Mr. Carl Anthony Pavano. He's 1-0 with an ERA of 4.76. Right now he's on the 15-day DL, and he won't be returning. Pavano, complaining of an uncomfortable feeling in his elbow, is leaning toward the possibility of Tommy John surgery, and, if he does get surgery which is likely, will be out 12 to 18 months. He made two starts this year and pitched a whopping 11.1 innings. Hey, Carl, my grandmother can pitch better than you. And, since Pavano joined the Yanks as a free agent, he has gone 5-6. In three seasons as a Yankee. He should feel even more grateful than everyone else on the team when he wears his pinstripes.
And, of course, there is the great Mariano Rivera. Well this season he hasn't been so great with a 7.71 ERA and only 3 saves. Lefties are batting .417 against Mo. So many blown saves...I felt like killing myself when he blew those crucial saves against the rival Red Sox. Everyone is hitting him. Problem: his trademark cutter won't cut. It hang over the plate long enough for the hitter to get a good crack at it. And they usually succeed.
I have been extremely disappointed with pitching this season. I coach my 12-year-old son's little league team and their pitching has been terrible. They compare their pitching to the Yankees'. And for once, I'm not proud to be a Yankee fan.