Return Of Chien-Ming

June 4, 2009 – 10:05 am

Texas 4, NYY 2. It was yet another smoke-and-mirrors outing for Andy Pettitte. Once again he struggled mightily, giving up 7 H and 6 BB in just 5 innings — but somehow limited the damage to just 4 runs. So at least he gave the Yankees a shot at winning, particularly with Brett Tomko and David Robertson shutting out the Rangers over the last 4 innings. The Yankees average 5.7 runs per game, so on average Pettite’s performance should have been good enough. But alas, Texas’ Scott Feldman seems to have their number and the Yankees never even made a game of it. Actually Feldman is putting together a very good year so far — as a starter, he’s 5-0 with a 2.63 ERA. So it’s hard to fault the Yankee hitters in this one. They just got beat by a very good pitching performance. You tip your hat and move along.

The Yankees have won 6 of their last 7 series, so it would be nice to continue that trend by winning today and taking this series. But the importance of today’s game is more about Chien-Ming Wang’s performance. Wang has looked very good in his last two relief appearances, but today is the real test. If Wang is back in form, that would give the Yankees a very formidable starting rotation.

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