We spoke to Joe Girardi this morning about the makeup of the pitching staff. Here is what came out of it:
They’re taking a long man. Jeff Karstens, Darrell Rasner or (maybe) Kei Igawa will be on the team. That has been the plans for months and it’s not changing.
Girardi said he is not “100-percent committed” to taking a lefty but he clearly wants one and then said nice things about Billy Traber. I think he’s on.
That leaves Brian Bruney, Ross Ohlendorf, Scott Patterson, Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras competing for one spot.
Girardi on Patterson: â€œHeâ€™s done a good job. You just keep running him out there and heâ€™s still competing with the other guys. Iâ€™m not a big believer that you have to have big-league experience to be successful. But obviously if you do have big-league experience you know what to expect a little bit more.
“But heâ€™s done a great job. He has not pitched above Double-A and weâ€™re aware of that. But he has been as good as anybody in camp.â€
What does Girardi want?
â€œStrikes is No. 1 for me. You have to be able to throw strikes. If you canâ€™t throw strikes, itâ€™s hard to have a lot of faith in what youâ€™re throwing out there,â€ he said. â€œStrikes is No. 1 and then you look at matchups, the ability to get right-handers out, left-handers out.â€
Everybody has at least one option. I think it’s Bruney unless he blows up this week.