Yanks will sleep on Wang’s next start
There has been no ironclad, definitive statement that Chien-Ming Wang will make his next start in the Yankees rotation after tonight’s clunker. There also hasn’t been a declaration that he won’t. Basically, it’s wait-and-see at this point.
“I’m not ready to make that decision right now,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in his office. “We’re seven minutes after the game, so it’s something we’ll discuss. I’ll sleep on it. In five days, somebody will be out there.”
That ‘somebody’ could be Phil Hughes, of course, if the Yankees choose to go that route. But the fact that Wang would be facing a bad Nationals team on Tuesday, at home in New York, could work in his favor. Maybe they’ll give him one more chance to straighten his mechanics out.
“It’s definitely frustrating for me,” Wang said through an interpreter. “I haven’t thrown a good ballgame in a while. It’s definitely frustrating.”
If I had to guess right now, I’d say the odds are 50-50. Think the Yankees aren’t confused? Check out this honest admission from Girardi, which he dropped after most of the reporters had left the room:
“Everyone kept asking, ‘When are you going to put him in the rotation? Hasn’t he shown you enough to put him in the rotation?’” Girardi said. “Now I’ve put him in the rotation, he struggles twice, and people are saying, ‘Why’d you put him in the rotation?’ He was pitching well, so we thought he was ready to go.”
What’s the problem, anyway? Dave Eiland said that Wang’s arm slot is all over the place and that he’s not able to take his bullpens out to the mound. Eiland seems a little perplexed by this, and even though he admits Wang isn’t back to where he was pre-injury in 2008, he says he’s convinced Wang is healthy enough to pitch in the big leagues. But he can’t command his pitches — he missed a lot low in the zone tonight — and that’s killing him.
“He’s got to take it out there with him,” Eiland said. “I can’t stand there behind the mound with him during the game.”
In this series, A.J. Burnett and Wang have combined to allow nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits and eight walks in 5 1/3 innings (11.81 ERA).