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Oh Yeah - We DO Have One Good Pitcher!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Everyone is all up in arms about how badly we need starting pitchers for 2009, and while that is absolutely a true statement, we seem to be forgetting one star we already have: the Wangster! Remember him? Our best pitcher over the past couple years? The dude who won 19 games in both 2006 and 2007, and went 8-2 in the 15 games he started this year before getting injured running the bases in an interleague game (that seems like such a cruel fate, doesn't it?)?

Well guess what, chickadees? He's still alive and actually just about done with his rehab down in Tampa. He's been working out and practicing there for about a month now and today he'll throw his final bullpen session to round out his rehab experience. The docs have given him the go-ahead to spend his winter with the fam back in Taiwan and then he'll return to Arizona in January to start getting in shape for the spring!

It sounds like everything is going well and that he's all healed up from The Great Interleague Caper and subsequent surgery. If he returns to full form this year, the team's chances of redeeming themselves from the 2008 failures will greatly improve. Wang's starts are sure to be an improvement over his those of his replacements this year - Ponson and Rasner - and just a few more wins could make all the difference. It would have this year.


posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, October 24, 2008  
  • At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yes, we do have one very excellent pitcher. When he can keep the ball down, which is most of the time.
    1 down, 4 to go.
    What if Joba is injury prone? Not unlikely.
    What if Phlop actually pitched to his poitential this year?
    Much as I hate to say it, it may be time for Andy to spend the summer playing catch with his boys, and managing their Litle League teams to glory. (Remember Cone's last season? Hate to see that happen to him.)
    Love to see CC (CCC!) come to NY, but if gets off to the same start as he did this year, will he be scarred for life with what the NY media and fans throw at him?
    It'd be nice if Moos said "One more time."
    All in all, I'd love to see the best case happen. I'm afraid it's all up in the air, though.


  • At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Pitching wasn't the biggest problem this year, though. It was all those big bats whimpering when they should have banged. 50 runs would have won the division. 20 runs in the right places would have made it a hell of a run.
    You shouldn't be able to bring up a promising AA ptcher and put him on the mound against the Yankess to build his confidence. Not having Jorje and Matsui was part of it, but I got real tired of watching A Rod strike out swinging at ball 6.
    They wasted some good starts by replacement pitchers that pitched above their game.


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