I was told once that writing down your fears, and putting a name to them, would somehow make them go away or lose power.
So here it goes….
Rarely do I like to criticize a fellow baseball blogger for their opinion, but unfortunately sometimes exceptions have to be made and today I am making one.
Unless you live under a rock and don’t read the NY Daily News, starter Ivan Nova was placed on the 15-day DL over the weekend. He left Saturday’s game in the third inning to get an MRI that later revealed inflammation in his right triceps.
The Yankees called up Vidal Nuno from Triple-A to take over in the bullpen so David Phelps can make Nova’s next schedule start.
The writer of the article in question described bringing up Nuno was counterproductive on the Yankees part for not weighing all their options.
The option in question goes by the name of Chien-Ming Wang. A thought that made me gag and wonder how the heck any Yankees fan could be so naïve.
Here are her, yes unfortunately the writer is a female, exact reasons why:
“….to bring someone (Nuno) in with no major league experience over someone like Chien Ming Wang, who has an established MLB career, seems counterproductive.”
“…the fact is that he (Wang) has the major league experience and temperament already, and there is no harm in recalling him, letting him get a start and seeing where he can go from there.”
First let me point out that she failed to mention Phelps at all in the article, which makes the reader believe that Nuno is replacing Nova, which is as far from the truth as possible.
Anyone with a brain would be angry if Phelps didn’t get the nod, but personally I think Phelps should have been replaced Nova long before he got hurt anyway.
Maybe this writer doesn’t watch Yankees games, as there is no other excuse if you have seen Phelps pitch, but to suggest Wang as a viable option is just ludicrous.
The Yankees need to stop playing musical chairs with Phelps and give him some consistency, as the last thing they need is another Joba saga.
Let me just give out some Wang facts for when you live in the past like some of the Yankees front office:
- Wang hasn’t pitched well since really 2008, and 12-innings in two Triple-A, proves nada. And FYI…Wang took the loss in the second start. He allowed six runs to score while on the bump, two of which were earned.
- Wang’s sinkerball used to clock in 95-96 mph but now it sits around 90-91 mph. That means he will induce even more ground balls, and it is too risky to have the Yankees infield playing behind him.
Here are Wang’s stats from 2012 with the Nationals; along with his recent two starts made in Triple-A; all stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com:
Chien-Ming Wang – 2012 Pitching Stats
CHIEN-MING WANG – 2013 MILB GAME LOG
The Yankees need to develop young arms not pray that the pinstripes will work some magic on Wang to go back in time five years.
Obviously the writer from Rant Sports didn’t factor in Phelps, which actually makes her whole theory counterproductive along with completely irrelevant.
Admittedly, I have been worried about this Wang situation since he re-signed with the Yankees this Spring.
PHEW…. but FYI I was ready for when Girardi followed that statement by announcing the return of Sergio Mitre or some other ex-Florida Marlin. Joking.
Don’t’ think for a minute that GM Brian Cashman and Girardi aren’t fantasizing about Wang’s 19-game winning, 2007 season. But maybe they realized thinking of Wang being successful is not the same as having Phil Hughes daydreams.
Hopefully Cashman and Co. won’t succumb to temptation, as Wang has no business hogging a Triple A in my opinion.
Bottom line here is reading that article gave me nightmares, just knowing others are out there who want to hand Wang the ball over Phelps.
Now the only question remaining is will this problem now go poof like I was told?
And if you want to catch a game go get some Yankees tickets as nothing beats a game in the Bronx.