In his first start with the Yankees, Kei Igawa was pounded for seven earned runs and eight hits in five innings. Igawa was wild at times, walking three, and he left the ball up in the strike zone all game. He threw just 53 of 97 pitches for strikes. Not a good sign for fantasy owners. But then again, it was only one start.
As we approach the end of the season's first week, here is how some other hurlers performed in their debuts (note: some were making their first starts in the majors, while others were making their first starts with a new team):
Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox: He was tremendous against the Royals, allowing six hits and one earned run while striking out 10 in seven innings. Matsuzaka is scheduled to face the Mariners in his first start at Fenway, meaning he will square off against Ichiro with his first pitch in Boston.
Barry Zito, Giants: The lefty allowed two earned runs and five hits for the loss against the Padres.
Jason Schmidt, Dodgers: He allowed one earned run and three hits in five innings for the win against the Brewers.
Gil Meche, Royals: In his first game with Kansas City, Meche tossed a gem, allowing one earned run over 7 1/3 innings. However, Meche came back down to Earth against Detroit, giving up six runs in seven innings for the loss.
Livan Hernandez, Diamondbacks: He pitched well against the Rockies, allowing two earned runs and five hits in seven innings for a no decision.
Andy Pettitte, Yankees: He allowed two earned runs and six hits in four innings against the Devil Rays.
Ted Lilly, Cubs: The lefty got the win in his first start start with Chicago, allowing one earned run and striking out nine in seven innings against the Reds.
Rodrigo Lopez, Rockies: The former Oriole allowed one earned run in seven innings for the win against the Diamondbacks.