This will be brief because I’m falling-over tired.
But Chien-Ming Wang is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA and dominated the Red Sox tonight. He was a few plays away from a perfect game and needed only 93 pitches to dispatch an offense that usually grinds through starters in five innings.
If he’s not an ace, I’m not sure what else he has to do.
Yes, it’s a small sample. But if you’ve watched him pitch, Wang is working both sides of the plate with a variety of pitches and making hitters uncomfortable in the box. He’s not relying on groundballs that may or may not sneak through the infield.
Give the credit, he won 19 games two years in a row and showed up in Tampa ready to modify his approach and work with Dave Eiland.
I know we get a lot of readers in Taiwan after Wang pitches. Be proud of your guy tonight, he was every bit the ace the Yankees need him to be. They’ve won six games this season and he has half of them.
Yanks-Sox again tomorrow, this time at 4.