Yep, those were changeups that Mo Rivera threw to Ryan Howard.
“I’m throwing it more,” he said. “I feel confidence in it.”
Said Johnny Damon: “If he gets that pitch down he’ll be an All-Star until he’s 45.”
Rivera hasn’t said this. But his dominance this spring and the fact he is so seriously working on another pitch seems to be a sign that he trying to prove to the Yankees that they should be extending his contract.
Meanwhile some Japanese TV guy asked Joe Torre if Kei Igawa was “shaky out there.” Must have been Steve Phillips-san.
A shocked Torre said, “Shaky? You call that shaky?” He then heaped praised on Igawa, saying how he kept his fastball down and threw his slider for strikes when he was behind in the count.
Igawa said that working with Ron Guidry helped him keep the ball down. He didn’t seem to have much of an idea that he needed to pitch well. Maybe that’s just as well.
No postgame audio tonight, it was kind of rushed.