Chien-Ming Wang explained that his sinker was moving too much today, making it hard to control. He can usually throw it to a spot. Today he had to aim for the middle of the plate and let the pitch get to the corners on its own.
“That happens in day games sometimes because he’s too strong,” Ron Guidry said. “His stuff is too good.”
Still, Wang went seven good innings. He is 5-0 with a 2.04 ERA in his last five starts.
Wang and Bostonâ€™s Josh Beckett became the first pitchers to 18 wins. They will face each other on Saturday at Fenway Park.
Wang and Beckett are two of the top candidates for the Cy Young Award along with Clevelandâ€™s C.C. Sabathia and Kelvim Escobar of Los Angeles. Wang smiled when I asked whether he cared about the Cy Young or winning 20 games.
“I just want to pitch in the playoffs again,â€? he said. â€œThat is my only goal.â€?