Flight from Detroit from Tampa: 9:24 p.m.
Game called: 1:17 p.m.
Stories finished: 2 p.m.
Time to kill: 7:24.
Ah, the exciting world of sportswriting. As I write this, I’m sitting on the floor at the gate, my laptop plugged into the only outlet within seven miles and I’m watching old episodes of the West Wing.
As for the Yankees, they have a decision to make. Darrell Rasner will pitch either Thursday against the Rays or Friday against the Mets.
Somebody else has to pitch one of those games. But who? Here’s a list of candidates:
Ian Kennedy: His start got rained out today, he’s supposed to go tomorrow. If the Yankees cut him a little short, he could come back on Friday. But shouldn’t he have to prove himself with more than two games?
Kei Igawa: If the Yankees had paid $4 million for him instead of $46 million, he would be on the first flight back to Japan. But they didn’t. It is a fact of life in all business that money talks.
Dan Giese: He’ll be 31 in a week, he has been in pro ball since 1999 and he has a major league resume of 9.1 innings over 8 games. But he has somehow pitched like Walter Johnson in six starts for Scranton (four earned runs over 34.1 innings).
Chase Wright: He’s 5-1, 2.54 for Trenton and last pitched on Friday.
Dan McCutchen: He’s 4-2, 2.15 for Trenton. But getting called up now is not part of his development plan. His start got rained out today, too.
Side issues: Kennedy and Wright are on the 40-man. But they can always make room if they want Giese.
Nobody cares what I would do. But you clearly can’t pitch Igawa at Yankee Stadium on Friday against the Mets. That’s a recipe for disaster. So Rasner goes on Friday and somebody else goes Thursday. Don’t throw a kid in the fire, try Giese. Igawa can work on his issues someplace else, not in games that count.