Bobby Abreu is 22 of 53 with six homers in 14 games at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chien-Ming Wang won his 50th game tonight in the 85th start of his career. The last pitcher to get to 50 wins that quickly was Dwight Gooden, who reached No. 50 in 82 starts. That came in 1986
The last Yankee to do that was Ron Guidry, who won his 50th in 82 starts in 1979.
Wang had no idea about the milestone until I mentioned it to him.
“Dwight Gooden?” he said. “Who’s that?”
“He pitched for the Mets,” I said.
“You mean Doc Gooden,” he said. “Same guy?”
Joba Chamberlain, who was listening to our conversation, was laughing hysterically.
All kidding aside, Wang took a step forward tonight in that he pitched six innings and won a game without his best stuff. His sinker was up and his slider was flat. He won by throwing splits and changeups. As Joe Girardi said, that’s what great pitchers do.
He’s 4-0 in five starts. Given that the Yankees are 11-10, Wang has been crucial as the team tries to survive this rough stretch and all their injuries and other issues.