The fact that the Yankees are calling Saturday’s start a toss-up between Kei Igawa and Jeff Karstens (pictured) does not bode well for their confidence in Igawa. The left-hander is 1-1 with a 7.84 ERA in four Major League starts and is coming off a poor outing at Tampa Bay.
The Yankees’ first reaction after the rainout Wednesday was to shuffle their rotation to get Andy Pettitte into the Boston series, which makes sense – he pitched the best out of any of the three starters last weekend at Fenway Park.
But Igawa’s competition, Karstens, wasn’t exactly stellar in that Saturday start against Boston, though it was overshadowed when Chase Wright made history in the wrong way Sunday.
Friday: Daisuke Matsuzaka at Andy Pettitte
Saturday: Tim Wakefield at TBA (Jeff Karstens or Kei Igawa)
Sunday: Julian Tavarez at Chien-Ming Wang