20 April 2009

WHAT TO DO WITH WANG? YANKS DON'T KNOW!

After 3 starts Chien-Ming Wang is 0-3 with a 34.50 ERA. He has only pitched 6 innings total for his 3 starts.

Theories of what is wrong with Wang abound.

The manager made 2 statements on YES Network's Joe Girardi Show.

Host Michael Kay asked Girardi about how confident he is that Wang will be fine. Girardi first said that Wang "didn't forget how to pitch."

That's good, but then he added that Wang "has a track record" of winning.

This is the same reasoning given last season concerning Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy during their troubled days. They had a "track record" of winning at every level.

Do I believe that Wang is "done"? No, but, it wouldn't be the first time a good pitcher could not regain form after injury.

It is very possible that Wang simply isn't ready to pitch at this level yet coming off the injury.

It doesn't help when the manager and the pitching coach are not on the same page.

Dave Eiland's take is ""You don't get confidence by not pitching, so he's going to pitch, he's going to get confidence, and he's going to get better."

So, Dave...Just keep throwing him out there? Is that the fix? Your manager doesnt seem to know.

Girardi says, "how do we get him well? We don't have answer as of today."

Well Joe, since you don't know, I'll give you my unsolicited advice.

Put Wang on the DL with the ol' "tired arm" syndrome and send him to Tampa and work it out.

Bring up Phil Hughes with his 2-0 record at SWB until Wang is ready to go.

Another option is that due to the off day, the Yankees can skip Wang's start in FENWAY without messing with the rotation. Everyone would still pitch on full rest.

Can you see Wang pitching in Fenway right now?

Finally, quotes from teammates like what Johnny Damon offered don't help!

"We have six losses on the year right now and he's got three of them," Damon said. "And in all three of those games, we've been blown out and we've had to go to our bullpen. So maybe our bullpen's not sharp the following days. So I don't know what more to say, but hopefully he can figure it out because it'd be tough to keep on going like this."

Note to JD: Shut Up!

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