Nelson Figueroa's season has been like an episode of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Going into tonight's game, he had ten straight quality starts at Buffalo. Figueroa had allowed only 12 runs during those ten starts over 71 1/3 innings.
With ten straight successes, Figueroa could settle for the prizes he had already won - two-time International League Player of the Week in 2009 - or risk it all on the biggest question: Can Nelson Figueroa continue his success at the major league level?
A. He will follow Jon Niese and Fernando Nieve in making a claim to a spot in the rotation.
B. He will eat innings in his spot start.
C. He will struggle, but show flashes of his potential.
D. He will achieve another low in this dismal season.
Nelson, it's only the second inning. Are you sure you want to use all of your lifelines now? You may want to skip "ask the audience."
Wait, the person you are calling to save you is Tim Redding?
I'm sorry, Nelson. Your final answer of six runs in only 1 2/3 innings was not what we were looking for.
Thank you for playing "Who wants to be a major-league pitcher." Better luck next time - if there is a next time.