Joe Girardi is a generally positive guy. But he didn’t mince words after the game tonight: Kei Igawa can’t pitch in the majors unless he can get his off-speed stuff over the plate.
So, as you might expect, Igawa was asked what the deal was with his off-speed pitches.
â€œI thought the changeup worked well. The slider, I missed a few pitches. But besides that, they were pretty good,â€ he said through a translator. â€œThe result was part of baseball. It can happen in any game. The thing I would like to work on is getting more strikeouts.â€
Considering he had no strikeouts, that should not be a problem.
Girardi said “the plan” is Igawa to start on Wednesday in St. Pete. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the plan changed.