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Wang lined up for Opening Day start

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 23, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi gave us a little news today. He set his rotation for the next few days.

Intrasquad game on Wednesday: Mike Mussina vs. Jeff Karstens.

Yankees vs. South Florida on Friday: Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain

Yankees at Phillies on Saturday: Chien-Ming Wang

If you look at a calendar, the Wanger is lined up perfectly to start against the Blue Jays at the Stadium on March 31 to open the season. Of course he was lined up to start Opening Day last year and pulled a hamstring.

“I better get a good stretch every day,” Wang said when told of Girardi’s plans





20 Responses to “Wang lined up for Opening Day start”

  1. Fran February 23rd, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Opening Day is still a long way off. Let’s hope that everyone stays healthy. We all remember who started the season opener last year!

  2. Whatevered February 23rd, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Well Wang did win 19 games two years in a row he deserves it.

  3. THIS JUST IN ......... February 23rd, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Carl Pavano will not be the starting pitcher for Opening Day at the Stadium.
    His tremendously huge fanbase will be disappointed.

  4. DMan February 23rd, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I feel slightly bad for South Florida..

    Ian and then Joba? Yikes.

  5. Yazman February 23rd, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Agreed, Whatevered.

    Injuries/unforseen circumstances aside, Wang deserves the honor.

  6. Yazman February 23rd, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Funny, I just thought to myself that the symbol/honor of the Opening Day start doesn’t mean a lot.

    Then I remembered what last year’s Opening Day starter symbolized to the Yanks’ first half ;)

  7. Mark Alan February 23rd, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I think using the adjective “surreal” to describe the pitching situation on opening day last year is not an abuse. I tried to convince myself that this was a sign that Pavano would have the big season for which he’s been paid, but I couldn’t.

    This is a different team than opened the season last year. If — God forbid — something were to happen to CMW, Joe could always throw Joba at the unsuspecting and hapless Jays.

    I’ve always liked Karstens and hope he can put something together. He’ll be needed with the various innings limits on the “kids.”

  8. Marc Weber February 23rd, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    South Florida has no chance against Joba. Joba might as well pitch a bullpen session instead because its a waste of his time.

  9. Sean Serritella - YankeesDaily February 23rd, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    You know, some times these college teams beat the pros but it is going to be their first start so I doubt any one will expect perfection.

  10. Hideki Balboni February 23rd, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Sadly, Wang is not a number 1 starter. Yanks’ rotation just isn’t very good.

  11. VTyankee fan February 23rd, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    The guy has back to back 19 win seasons, but still no respect from some.

  12. John February 24th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Does anyone know who would be scheduled to pitch March 4th? I’ll be attending that game and am curious.


  13. Hideki Balboni February 24th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    “The guy has back to back 19 win seasons, but still no respect from some.”

    To say that Wang is not a number 1 pitcher doesn’t mean that he’s getting “no respect.” Wang deserves a lot of respect. Still, he’s not a number 1 pitcher. Everybody knows that.

  14. youngtimer February 24th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Don’t count out the Jays just yet. They won’t roll over for us, heck even Baltimore doesn’t just roll over for us. Vernon Wells is back and ready to mash. They also picked up Scott Rolen & David Ecktein in the offseason.

  15. 3/31/03 February 25th, 2008 at 1:23 am

    The Yankees will most likely face Toronto ace Roy Halladay on 3/31, 5 years to the date when Jeter got hurt and was out for the first 6 weeks or so of the season in Toronto.

    Whatever happened to Erick Almonte?

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