For all of the hand-wringing about Chien-Ming Wang, he’s 15-6 with a 3.95 ERA and I suspect he will match the 19 wins he had last season. He made a major adustment tonight, speeding up his delivery to create more momentum forward and drive his sinker down.
It seemed to work as he threw a fairly economical 107 pitches over eight innings and got 12 outs on the ground.
He was thrilled afterward.
“This is like last year,” he said. “I feel much better. More confident.”
Remember that pitch that Posada missed in the fifth inning? It was a split-finger fastball. I didn’t even know Wang had that pitch.
“I threw it in the minors,” Wang said with a smile. “I still throw it sometimes.”
Said Posada: “That thing moved like a knuckeball. It wasn’t a bad pitch, I just didn’t catch it.
So for all of you fans checking in from Taiwan (and I know you’re out there), rest easy. Your guy is back. CMW was on his game tonight.
Here’s Joe Torre after the game:
The “Matty” he’s talking about is Hideki Matsui.