Now that’s something
Despite entering the game with a 2.84 ERA, Jarrod Washburn has spent the first part of 2007 doing exactly what he’s done the last three years. He faced some lousy opponents who couldn’t hit a baseball, and it made casual fans think he was pitching far better than he actually was.
Last night’s performance was totally different, however. He wasn’t facing a bad line-up. He wasn’t throwing the ball over the plate and watching the hitters put fly balls in the outfield. He threw strikes, but not contact strikes. He kept the Yankees off balance with his breaking ball and made a conscious effort to induce swings and misses. Last night, Jarrod Washburn pitched a tremendous game. No caveats included. It was the best game he’s ever pitched as a Mariner.
If you want to get excited about Jarrod Washburn’s early season performance, get excited about last night. If he does that all year, then we have something.