• Worms Gaining Ground In Fight

    Posted by on October 19th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    Via Mark J. Miller through  Chad Jennings

    …Washington Nationals appear to be eager to get a new deal done with hurler Chien-Ming Wang…

    The former New York Yankees pitcher had a “solid outing” for the Nats’ Instructional League team Tuesday, going for two innings, getting four groundouts in 17 pitches, and lighting up the radar gun at 89 mph against the Atlanta Braves’ team, according to MASNSports.com.

    I can’t lie, I was deeply upset when the Yankees decided to cut ties with Chien-Ming Wang. He was one of my favorite Yankees hurlers ever and I thought the Yanks were making a bad decision letting him loose. Well, as it turns out, I was dead wrong. Cashman and co. had this move played perfectly. Don’t get me wrong, I really would like Wang to prove Cashman wrong but you can’t argue with results.

    That being said, if he’s “lighting up the radar gun” at 89 mph, the Nationals may well be wasting their money. Wang was easily throwing mid 90’s before his chain of injuries. And we saw how the drop in velocity affected his sinker last year. At his worst, though, he was still averaging faster than 89 last year. I can only imagine what he’d be like with a dip that deep.

    Bottom line, he might be killing the worms in instructional league. But the worms in the majors might not have much to worry about in the future. Cashman called it.

    Comments on Worms Gaining Ground In Fight

    1. K-V-C
      October 19th, 2010 | 6:20 pm

      I still think it was a mistake.

      Wang usually got hit early in games when he was “too strong” and throwing too many fastballs, which in turn straightened out his sinker. I think this will force him to throw more sinkers and improve his overall pitching.

    2. jrk
      October 19th, 2010 | 9:25 pm

      I didn’t look at who wrote this post at first, and almost had a heart attack thinking it was Steve praising Cashman.

    3. 5om3on3
      October 20th, 2010 | 12:22 am

      I don’t think its “waste money”, think about the commercial values of 20mil fans in Taiwan… even Wang don’t get into Major, but all his accessories will be sold well. To earn back 2-mils for Wang of Nats, its ezpz!

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