Recap: Yankees 6, Tigers 10 – March 23, 2013

Don’t worry, it’s only spring training.
Andy Pettitte pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs, striking out 5, and walking 1. There is nothing more to see here than an off-day. He wasn’t actually the problem, it was the 5 ER that Cody Eppley allowed in the seventh without getting one out that sealed the game for the Tigers.
On a higher note, the bats were alive today, as the team managed to produce 14 hits for 6 runs. Eduardo Nunez managed an RBI-single in the third, scoring Chris Stewart, signs that the shortstop isn’t totally useless. Ben Francisco homered in the top of the fourth, doubling the Yankees lead to two. In the top of the fifth, Kevin Youkilis drove in Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez on a double. I hope this is indicative of the kind of production he will be having during the regular season. With the Yankees down 9-4 in the top of the eighth, Ben Francisco went yard yet again, this time for 2 runs.
Not a terrible day for our boys, minus Cody Eppley.

Advertisements

Chien-Ming Wang returning to Yankees

Chien-Ming Wang went 61-32 in ’06 and ’07 for the Yankees before becoming riddled with injuries.

John Heyman reported last night on CBSSports.com that Chien-Ming Wang has signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees. Wang, who was the foundation of the Bombers’ rotation in 2006 and 2007, going 38-13 with a mid-3.00s ERA. His last two seasons with New York were riddled with hip, shoulder, and foot injuries, limiting him to 27 appearances.

Since then he has played two partial seasons – 2011, 2012 – with the Washington Nationals, with only 20 appearances. His career numbers are 61-32 with a 4.26 ERA.

I think this could only be a positive move for the Yankees. While the team appears to have depth in the starting rotation, an effective and healthy Chien-Ming Wang eases some of the worries of the fragility of guys like Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia, and Phil Hughes. He also provides a nice option – assuming he regains some of his form – to take some innings for younger players like Ivan Nova or David Phelps. It is important to remember that he is not a strikeout pitcher – 104 Ks in 2007 is his single-season high – but he can eat innings and relieve some of the pressure on the rest of the rotation.