WTF Is Wrong With Wang?

April 18, 2009 – 8:15 pm

Cleveland 22, NYY 4.  Clearly there’s something terribly wrong with Chien-Ming Wang.  He’s not hurt (or so the Yankees continue to maintain), and he pitched at least OK in spring training.  What could have happened?  His velocity is off, his location is all over the place, the sinker isn’t sinking.  There’s no way the Yankees can keep him in the starting lineup.  And apparently according to the LoHud Yankees Blog, sending him down to AAA to work things out is not an option.  So you send him to the bullpen, maybe?  Surely they can’t risk starting him again until he’s proven that he’s got things straightened out.

And what is the deal with all the home runs flying out of right field?  Now that is an even bigger mystery.  It’s the 21st century, folks — you can’t tell me that the engineers who built the stadium, and thus Yankee management, didn’t know exactly what was going to happen.  This could be a far bigger problem than Wang, as there’s nothing they can do about fixing this problem until after the season is over.  And playing in a park where even the weakest hitters in the line up are home run threats isn’t the way to win championships.  Too many games end up being crapshoots.

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