Wang puts a stop to that
Chien-Ming Wang is quickly taking over Andy Pettitte’s role as the Yankees’ stopper. With a victory last night against the Mariners, the Yankees improved to 11-0 in the last eleven games Wang has pitched immediately following a loss. That’s good for them, because Wang’s win came on a day when Hank Steinbrenner decided to pipe up in Tampa, telling a reporter he is “very disappointed” with the way the Yankees have started the season.
That’s not altogether surprising news. You know this lineup is missing two key components with Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada both out, and I’m not sure anyone expected that Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes would both go through April winless. Basically the Yankees will have to try and at least tread water through this stretch without their big guns and hope to make some ground when they do get the firepower back.
They’ll have to play pretty close to perfect baseball to be a plus-.500 team with their second-string in the lineup, but on a night like Friday, a good pitching performance remedies much of the problem.