The problem was his arm angle. His body was ahead of his arm, which left his pitches high in the strike zone. A sinkerball pitcher with no sink is easy pickings.
Wang worked on the issue with Dave Eiland twice in the bullpen. It was evident against the Astros as he threw five terrific innings. Wang sliced and diced the Houston lineup, getting 10 outs on groundballs.
After Wang chatted about his outing for a few minutes, George King of the Post asked him how he was getting along with CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. Wang said he has talked more to Burnett this spring as their lockers are closer together.
“What does A.J. tell you?” I asked.
“Bad things,” Wang said as everybody laughed.
Might Wang get a few tattoos like his new buddy?
“No,” he said, eyes wide. “My Mom would kill me.”
Notes: Mariano Rivera is a go for tomorrow night, as is Jorge Posada. … Robbie Cano will be back at second base on Friday. … The Astros have a 12-game winless streak and are a pathetic 1-15-3 this spring. They have scored only 52 runs while allowing 119.