When you factor in the overall state of the Yankees starting pitching over the last three seasons, just how valuable has Worm Killer Wang been to this team? Without him, I doubt the Yankees make the post-season in 2005, for sure. Maybe the same in 2006. And, this season, without Wang, there’s no way the Yankees have a shot at the Wildcard. Man, his agent has a great job.
That homerun into the upper tank in left by A-Rod was a monster. I’ve seen Jose Canseco hit one up there for the Yankees in 2000. And, I saw Cecil Fielder hit one up there for the Tigers (in 1990, if I recall correctly). But, that’s not an area where you see many homers land. It happens maybe once every ten years or so, I would guess. That’s something, for sure.
You just have to hope that Rodriguez and Wang are O.K. after their health issues in this game. With less than four weeks to go, the Yankees cannot afford any injuries at this point.
According to Joe Torre, Phil Hughes had “a good bullpen (session)” last week and worked on mechanical things with Dave Eiland. Since Hughes has allowed 15 runs, 10 walks, and 4 homers in 16.2 IP, over his last three starts, I hope that Eiland has some impact here that Guidry and Kerrigan were incapable of providing. The Yankees need a good game from Phil Hughes in game three of this series.