It’s interesting how 5.2 innings against Cleveland in October turned Chien-Ming Wang into a bum in the eyes of some.
Andy Pettitte went to bat for the Wanger today. But many comments and e-mail disagreed. One guy wrote to tell me that “Wang had a terrible second half.” Well, he was 10-3, 4.07 after the break, 3-1, 3.27 in September.
Another e-mailer (presumably somebody taking a break from their afternoon six-pack in Boston), wrote to say how Beckett “is twice as good as Wang.” Beckett was 20-7, 3.27; Wang was 19-7, 3.70. That’s twice as good?
Is Beckett better than Wang? He was in 2007. He wasn’t in 2006. Wang will be entering only his third full season in the majors in 2008 and for the first time will be using more than two pitches on a regular basis. Can we wait a bit before deciding what he is or isn’t?
Wang, I think, is a victim of himself. He’s quiet, unemotional and rarely does televised interviews because he speaks English as a second language. He also isn’t a strikeout pitcher.
If Wang threw more four-seam fastballs, struck out a few more scrubs and pumped his fist once in a while, I suspect people would like him more. It’s kind of silly.