Monday, June 18, 2007

In Appreciation of Chien-Ming Wang

Chien-Ming Wang is an ace. He doesn't often get recognized as such, because hardcore baseball fans overlook his ability due to his low strikeout rates, and Wang is overshadowed for causal fans by the more high-wattage stars in the Yankees' rotation.

Wang was dominant last night against the Mets, with an uncharacteristic 10 K's in 8 2/3 innings. Thus far in 2007, Wang is 7-4 with a 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 41 K and 16 BB in 78.1 innings. For his career, he sits at 34-15 with a 3.69 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 164 K and 100 BB in 412.2 innings. Anyone who is still waiting for Wang's numbers to drop off because he can't throw strike three is going wait for a long time. This kid is the real deal, and he will be anchoring the Yankees staff for years to come. Not bad for a guy Cashman brought up in 2005 for a change in energy.