Now here’s some quality blogging from The Replacement Level Yankees Weblog.
They broke down defensive zone ratings for games when Chien-Ming Wang pitches as opposed to when he doesn’t pitch. Turns out the Yankees actually do play better defense when the Wanger is on the mound.
My belief is that Wang’s sinker is such a good pitch that it’s difficult for hitters to do much with it. It leads to grounders and weak fly balls. This negates the relative lack of strikeouts.
I also suspect that Wang fields more balls than an average pitcher because of the sinker. He gets a lot of outs himself.
Anyway, good stuff from RLYB.
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