Things actually looked promising in the first inning with Mark Teixeira’s 2-run home run, bringing home Johnny Damon. Then in the second inning, the floodgates opened.
The most ever against the Yankees in a single inning. Chien-Ming Wang again failed to get out of the second inning in his three starts. His ERA is an astronomical 34.50 and he has only registered two strikeouts. Anthony Claggett, in his first outing in pinstripes, inherited a bad situation and promptly allowed eight earned runs. Edwar Ramirez allowed 4 runs in two innings. Jose Veras and Damaso Marte both only allowed one run, and that’s good considering what happened with Wang and Claggett.
Aside from Tex’s homer, Melky Cabrera actually had decent offense, adding his own two-run homer in the sixth inning. Cabrera is hitting .294 right now. Cody Ransom had a triple and old-knees Matsui had a double. Jorge Posada, Robbie Cano, and Ramiro Pena all had hits.
That’s pretty much it for the offense and the pitching.
Now to the more serious issue here: what to do with Wang? First of all, according to PeteAbe, Wang cannot be sent down to the minors because he has no options and he does not have the years of service (5+ years) yet.
With an off-day scheduled for Thursday before a three-game series in Beantown, the Yankees could theoretically skip Wang’s next start and line up Burnett, Pettitte and Sabathia to pitch in the Boston series. Here’s what Tyler Kepner said in his Bats blog:
The Yankees get a huge break in the schedule Thursday with a scheduled day off before a three-game series at Fenway Park. They could very easily skip Chien-Ming Wang the next time through the rotation and keep everyone on regular rest. That would line up A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte and C.C. Sabathia for the Red Sox.
“We have an off-day, and it’s something we’re going to have to discuss, how we’re going to decide to do this,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “There’s some room to play with some things.”
Dave Eiland was actually very protective and supportive of Wang. He showed his veins in anger during the post-game conference and even praised Wang’s pitching in the first inning and the second inning before allowing the three-run homer to Shin-Soo Choo (isn’t that a great name or what?). That’s when, Eiland says, Wang let his confidence slip.
This isn’t what I expected from a former 19-game winner (twice) and a 8-2 pitcher last year before listfranc injury. Something is bothering Wang, and he has until April 28 to straighten it out. That is nine days to get his act together or he’ll be in the bullpen toiling around. We have Al Aceves, IP Kennedy, and Phil Hughes ready in Triple A to come up if Wang can’t get it together.
Tomorrow should be better, we have fireballer AJ Burnett up against the most hated man in town — Carl Pavano. I know the Yankees will not allow themselves to be lit up like today and they will instead give back a $40 million spanking to Pavano.
If you dare to look, fester yourselves over to today’s box score and cringe.