The Yankees motor on down south
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometime it rains. The Yankees and Tigers had plenty of the latter on Sunday, and after the game was postponed just after 1 p.m., the Yankees certainly didn’t seem too broken up about it.
Mike Mussina’s prediction that the Yankees weren’t going to wait around for four hours and one minute to start the game — which they did in Detroit last year — held true, and the team seemed to be in a giddy mood as they packed up. Joe Girardi dropped off the lineup card at Derek Jeter’s locker, commemorating the fact that he would have batted fourth if a game had been played. Jeter playfully sent it right back to the manager’s office with a note scribbled across the face, but when we asked what he wrote, Jeter slyly said, “Oh, I can’t tell you that.”
Maybe it was the fact the Yankees were to get in around 7 p.m. in Tampa Sunday night, giving them a chance to kick back and get some much-needed rest. It’s certainly better than their last trip to Tampa, an abbreviated two-game series that provided enough time to … well, play two baseball games, and that’s it. Even though you know the games are indoors — rainy and 50s in Detroit or sunny and 80s in Florida? No competition.
Tonight the Yanks throw Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.77) against Matt Garza (1-1, 4.91) under the lights at the Trop. Chien-Ming Wang and Mike Mussina follow for the next two games, but after that, you’ve got a dilemma for Thursday. Kei Igawa? Darrell Rasner? Someone else? Personally, I’d push Rasner back to pitch Friday against the Mets. I don’t see how you can put Igawa in that kind of situation right now.
Then again, Igawa has surprised us all before. Remember his six innings of scoreless relief vs. Boston in the Jeff Karstens game? That still remains his best big league outing to date, in my opinion.