• September 9th @ The Orioles

    Posted by on September 9th, 2006 · Comments (3)

    Ah, the beauty of “Worm Killer” Wang. Even with most of the “B” team behind him (Green, Thompson, Bernie, and Wilson), and no Abreu, Giambi or A-Rod to support him, the guy just wins.

    I was concerned when Wang got nicked by that batted ball in the 4th.

    That’s the last thing that New York needs now – an injury to Wang. He’s their ace. Without him, this post-season could be very short.

    Other than that, the only other concerning thing in this game, for me, was the look that Kim Jones was giving Jim Kaat in the YES booth, during the 8th, when Kitty was giving a pitching demo.

    Jones was eye-balling Kaat like Cole Sear when he saw a dead person.

    OK, maybe Jeter getting his foot caught in the game was concerning too – just a tad.

    Back to Wang, if Chien-Ming wins 20 this year and does it with less than 100 strikeouts on the season, he’ll be just the 6th pitcher since 1961 to do this in the American League. And, two of the five to do it were also Yankees – Ed Figueroa in 1978 and Tommy John in 1980. (The last AL’er to do it was Bill Gullickson in 1991.)

    A very interesting season for Worm Killer, indeed.

    Comments on September 9th @ The Orioles

    1. baileywalk
      September 10th, 2006 | 10:58 am

      Steve, this might be the wrong place to post this, because it looks like no one will be in this post to read it, but anyway…

      Interesting discussion-starter you might want to explore. Apparently — amazingly — the Rangers are going to trade Mark Teixeria this off-season. The Rangers don’t want to deal with Boras, and Showalter and Tex don’t get along. With Giambi a full-time DH now, and Eric Duncan not ready for prime time, Tex is exactly what the Yanks will be looking for — a young, power-hitting first baseman who’s good with the glove. Now Tex is going to demand a huge contract in the future (really, really big — Giambi big), and I personally think he’s a tad overrated (his numbers are down this year). But he’s still young and he’s a switch hitter who drove in 150 runs last year. I think Cashman would sacrifice a few babies for him. For the Yankees to get in on this, the Rangers would start with Hughes. Should the Yankees even consider that? Hughes for a guy who’s going to be making fifteen million (or more) a year soon? I wouldn’t do that — like I said before, I wouldn’t trade Hughes for anyone. But what if we could hold Hughes and instead trade, say, Tabata, Clippard and Melky/Duncan? Would you do it? It’s just something to think about, because I’m sure Cashman is going to want in on this.

      Something else: just about every team in baseball is now interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka. There’s no guarantee he’ll be posted, but with so many teams in on it now, he’s going to cost a fortune. They were already talking about giving the team twenty million dollars. Will it now be thirty or forty million? Is he worth it? If you have to give the team thirty million, and sign him for another twenty/thirty, you’re talking about maybe sixty million dollars for a pitcher who has not thrown one pitch in a big-league American game.

    2. September 10th, 2006 | 4:19 pm

      Teixeria is great. And, a real solid guy. But, the Yankees better leave 1B open – they have a lot of guys that could end up there soon – like A-Rod, Damon, etc.

    3. Raf
      September 10th, 2006 | 5:10 pm

      Teixeria is great. And, a real solid guy. But, the Yankees better leave 1B open – they have a lot of guys that could end up there soon – like A-Rod, Damon, etc.
      Ah, worry about that later… 🙂

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