Two medical updates:
Alex Rodriguez: Says his right ankle is “a little sore.” X-rays were negative. He says he will decide tomorrow whether he plays.
Chien-Ming Wang: His lower back got tight during the long bottom of the seventh inning. He had trouble getting loose once he started pitching, Ron Guidry noticed it and they took him out. Wang was iced after the game and said he felt fine. His next start won’t be until Tuesday anyway, so he will have a chance to throw twice in the bullpen.
Wang is 6-0, 2.51 in six career starts against Seattle.
Wang is now 17-6 with a 3.68 ERA over 173.2 innings. He is one of five pitchers in baseball with at least 16 wins and an ERA under 3.70. The others are Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and C.C. Sabathia.
Wang and Beckett are each 17-6. Beckett has a 3.30 ERA, Wang 3.68. I don’t think Wang can win the Cy Young because he’s not high-profile enough. But the race isn’t over yet, either.
Saw somebody posted that a real ace is a stopper. Well, Wang is 8-2 in 11 starts after a loss this season.