Thanks to WasWatching.com reader “bfriley76″ for the tip on this from the Post:
Chien-Ming Wang didn’t accompany the Yankees to Detroit because he wouldn’t be available until Game 5 at Yankee Stadium.
Despite Andy Taylor’s instructions to Barney Fife, in this case, I think it’s insane to keep your only bullet in your shirt pocket.
If the Yankees lose tonight, a loss in Game 4 means there will be no Game 5. Therefore, if the Yankees lose tonight, Game 4 is the key game of this series. You need Game 4 before Game 5 is of any concern.
If you still want to start Wright in Game 4, that’s fine. But, at least have Wang there to spot him – like Johnson in Game 5 of the 2005 ALDS and Mussina in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS – if needed.
And, if Wang is not needed in Game 4, the flight from MoTown to New York is not going to kill him for Game 5. Heck, I’ve spent longer trips in my car driving to Yankee Stadium than Wang will have to sit on the plane.
Torre is making a mistake here.