Do you think David Adams could have asked for a better birthday present than a call up to the major leagues and a start at third base? The 26 year old infielder was finally called up this afternoon, likely sending Chris Nelson to the waiver wire after a DFA. Needless to say, I don't think anyone will be topping this gift.
But perhaps there's one drawback for Adams this evening, as he'll have to face off against the Mariner's Hisashi Iwakuma and his 1.74 ERA and 2.82 FIP. After posting a 3.16 ERA in 2012, Iwakuma has emerged as a top of the rotation pitcher in the MLB, and boasts a low arm angle and ridiculous splitter. Thus far, the right-handed pitcher has very little platoon split, although Girardi has stacked this lineup with left-handed batters.
Iwakuma has seen many more flyballs this season, and thus the low ERA. Now in Yankee Stadium, the right-handed pitcher will have to worry about keeping the ball in the yard, especially to this lefty heavy lineup. Speaking of which, Phil Hughes will get the ball for the Yankees as he tries to rebound from an awful start against the Royals.
The game starts at 7:05 PM EST and you can catch it on YES.