It was on July 4, 2009 and Wang went five innings, gave up two runs, struck out three, walked three and hit a batter before being removed from the game. He was posted his lowest ERA of the 2009 season, a 10.04.
Knowing how the Yankees normally work, I would not be surprised if Wang was brought in to sub in for an injured Phil Hughes. The Yankees might be trying to avoid having both Ivan Nova and Andy Phelps in the starting rotation, which is completely asinine.
Wang is a ground ball pitcher, which puts tremendous pressure on the infielders.
Wouldn’t you think with all the injuries that would be the last thing the Yankees need?
Bottom line is Wang has not been the same since he hurt his foot back in 2008. I was never been a big Wang fan before then anyway, as I never felt confident with him on the bump.
I could care less if Wang goes to Scranton, but that is about it.
I hope the Yankees are not pulling a fast one here because of their insecurities with trusting younger players in general.
I am completely sick of the Yankees signing these washed-up, injured, and veteran to save a buck to minor league deals with the intention of putting them on the 25-man roster. I would like to see a few prospects get a shot before Wang, as the Yankees continue to ink the leftover veterans to avoid promoting the young guys.
Wang signing is whatever, as long as he stays in Triple A but not holding my breath.
Ahhhhh…. here is a classic Wang memory for Yankee fans: