Waiting For The No. 2 Starter To Show Up

May 23, 2009 – 10:48 am

Philadelphia 7, NYY 3. All good things must come to an end, but it’s a bit disturbing when they come to an end in this fashion. Short term the Yankees are still looking quite good, but long term they really, really need at least one solid starter between A.J. Burnett and Chien-Ming Wang. And what we got in this game was a reminder that neither is all that close to pitching like they were expected to coming in to the season. Over his last 7 starts, Burnett is now 0-2 with a hefty 6.05 ERA. It might be time for A.J. to turn over the pie-in-the-face hijinx to someone else so that he can concentrate on his pitching.

And you have to wonder just what game Joe Girardi was watching last night if he thought Wang’s return was a “success”. Well, he did lower his ERA from 34.50 to 25.00 — so maybe that is the yard stick Girardi is using? What I saw was pretty much exactly what I saw earlier in the season. Wang was having problem throwing strikes, getting continually behind in the count, and then leaving pitches high in the zone that got hit hard. In three innings, the Phillies went 6-for-14 and scored twice. That’s a long, long way from his career stats of 4.09 ERA and .272 opponent’s BA.

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