Previously on this seldom updated blog, I made a huge rant on why Sidney Ponson should not start a game on Friday against the Mets.
Since then, Dan Giese had an excellent start against the Cincinnatti Reds, pitching 6.2 innings allowing 3 runs, all unearned, lowering his ERA to 0.64. He’ll stay in the rotation and make a few more starts. However, there is still an opening for one of the games in the doubleheader against the Mets on Friday, June 27. In the minors, Jeff Karstens just got the International League Player of the Week award, mainly because of his excellent 11 strikeout performance against Toledo on Sunday. Because he started Sunday, he is lined up to pitch on Friday, like Ponson, who pitched the day before.
River Ave. Blues, a Yankees blog, makes the argument that Jeff Karstens should start over Ponson, in a much more concise manner, agreeing with Mike Ashmore, the Trenton Thunder (Yanks’ AA affiliate) beat writer for the Hunterdon County Democrat.
We’ll see what happens… but I sure hope that #58 is on the mound on Friday.