And Wang Repeats A.J.’s Stinker

June 11, 2009 – 12:38 pm

Boston 6, NYY 5. That was certainly deja vu all over again. That’s back-to-back starts where one of the Yankees’ supposedly top starters couldn’t make it through 3 innings. Wang allowed 9 of 17 Boston hitters to reach base. The previous night, A.J. Burnett allowed 10 of 18 hitters to reach. That’s a recipe for disaster — not only does it pretty much make it impossible for your team to win, it blows up your bullpen so the probability of winning the next night decreases as well. At least this time the Yankee offense did put some runs on the board to make it interesting. But ironically, it was Phil Hughes who gave up what ended up being the game winning home run in the 4th. The good news though is other than that brief let down in the 4th, Hughes did pitch pretty well. And considering that Hughes hadn’t pitched but one inning over the last 10 days (remember, we warned you about that!), you can probably discount that somewhat. The Yankee bullpen did manage to shutout the Red Sox over the last 4.2 innings, but there just wasn’t quite enough offense to overcome the hole that Wang had put them in.

It’s going to be very interesting to see what the Yankees do next with Wang. In a perfect world he would be sent down to the minors and left there until he had proved beyond a shadow of a doubt he was back in his old form. But in the world we live in you have such things as “options” and Wang is out of them — so somehow the Yankees need to figure out how to get Wang the innings needed to solve whatever his problem is without hurting the team. Good luck with that. What would seem to be the obvious short-term solution is to once again flip-flop Hughes and Wang and let Hughes get the next start. But that nonsense has got to stop, as surely moving them back and forth from starter to bullpen is not helping either one of them. Time to stick with Hughes and see how it goes — at this point you’re really only looking for a #5 starter, so expectations shouldn’t be all that high. Also, might be good to come up with a Plan B, which I’m sure has already occurred to Brian Cashman.

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