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Yanks' patience with Wang makes sense

Posted on: June 11, 2009 6:07 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2009 6:08 pm
 
BOSTON -- The easy thing for the Yankees to do would have been to take Chien-Ming Wang out of the rotation and replace him with Phil Hughes.

It would be easy, and it would be easily justified, since Wang is 0-4 with a 14.34 ERA (and has pitched just 13 1/3 innings with a 21.60 ERA in his five starts). But it wouldn't necessarily be the right move.

Manager Joe Girardi's decision to start Wang again next Wednesday against the Nationals won't make everyone happy. If Wang fails as badly next Wednesday as he did last night against the Red Sox, Girardi will be roasted in New York.

Fine, because for the Yankees this is a risk worth taking.

Here's why: First, despite the horrible numbers, there's a real chance that Wang is fixable. I spoke to an ex-big league pitching coach who has seen Wang recently and believes his command problems are caused by a small mechanical flaw. He also believes that regular work as a starter is the only way Wang will get fixed.

Second, the Yankees need to try everything they can to get Wang fixed. They don't have the starting pitching depth that the Red Sox possess. They have a bunch of starters whose history suggests they could miss time with injuries at some point in the season, and few options to fill in for a starter who gets hurt. There's every chance that Hughes will be starting for them later this year, and every chance that it will be in place of someone other than Wang.

Finally, let's remember that we're still in the middle of June. Let's remember that the Yankees are still one game behind the Red Sox, and that if the playoffs started today, the Yankees would be in. Yes, every game is important, but the rest of the season is even more important. Wang's velocity last night (95 mph at times) suggests that if he get his command back, he can be an important contributor later in the year.

Maybe he can't get there. The Yankees need to do everything to find out if he can.

Category: MLB
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Since: Mar 3, 2008
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while it is excruciating to watch him pitch and cost the team games and fantasy teams suffer, it would be worse to get rid of him and watch him get signed by another team and return to the form that he will eventually get back to.  I agree that this is likely a minor mechanical thing and it has gotten into his head as well.  there has to be a way to work through this.


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