Wednesday, January 14, 2009
What's the Deal? Respect Wang's Gangster
With the signings of Sabathia and Burnett, our homegrown ace Chien Ming Wang has been moved down to the three spot in our rotation. Now the obvious reaction is to say that our rotation is stacked, but a less obvious reaction is to wonder why Wang was pushed down to the three spot. Now I can understand if he had been placed as a number 2. Sabathia is a Cy Young pitcher who carried the Brewers to the playoffs last season. You can argue win totals, but Sabathia has had a less potent offense than Wang. Now, placing Burnett in front of Wang is down right wrong. I don't know why the Yankees see fit to downplay Wang's achievements. First in the arbitration case last year, and now with this slide in the rotation. He's a two time 19 game winner who when healthy eats up innings, and gets people out. The only thing I can think of is that he is not a strikeout pitcher like Sabathia and Burnett, but in this enlightened era of baseball statistics, why does this even matter? Whether someone strikes out, pops out, or grounds out, they're still out. The argument is often that a ground ball can find holes, where a strikeout is a plain out, but ground balls can get you double plays, and that's what Wang is a master of. I like Burnett, don't get me wrong, but Wang is a winner, and the fact that people are so hesitant to give him the ace status is flat out ridiculous. Wang is so gangster, he doesn't even need strikeouts to win games. That's what should go on his plaque if he goes to the hall of fame.