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Wang = Wins

By: Nick Marro

With the additions of C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett it’s easy to forget that Chein-Ming Wang would be considered the ace on almost any staff in the majors. Wang, who missed most of the 2008 season with an injury, is throwing well in Spring Training and claims there is absolutely no pain in the foot he injured running the bases last season.

Wang was 8-2 in 15 starts in 'o8 before the injury and won 19 games in each of the two seasons prior. After avoiding arbitration and signing a one-year 5 million dollar deal in December, Wang is in another contract year, which means that his performance this season will directly affect any offer he might receive going into 2010.

If you combine the fact that Wang will be playing for a contract with the fact that he’s now the number three starter instead of the ace, fans can expect a stellar season from the 6’3” right-hander who turns twenty-nine at the end of March.

Don’t be surprised if Wang has more wins than Sabathia and Burnett this season. Not taking anything away from numbers one and two, but Wang has been insanely consistent in terms of Wins-Losses. If you look at the three starters records over the past three seasons it’s apparent that Wang knows how to win, and avoid losing decisions.

W-L ’06-’08
Sabathia: 48-28
Burnett: 38-26
Wang: 46-15

Fans are hopeful that the Yankees may have another twenty-game winner this season following Mussina's spectacular 2008. My faith lies with Wang.

1 comment:

  1. I think Wang will get 20-23 wins this year. He will be going against other teams #3 for the most part. This should give him a decided advantage and propel him into the wins leader and a strong candidate for the Cy Young in '09.