The worm killer learns from the K man

Checking in on the center field battle
Quick hits: Jorge looking good, Swisher day to day

In 2008, no one in the AL struck out more hitters than A.J. Burnett, and only Tim Lincecum in the NL and CC Sabathia in two leagues topped Burnett’s 231 K’s. In an effort to spread the strike out wealth, Burnett has been coaching Chien-Ming Wang on the finer points of mixing and matching pitches. Wang’s progress this year will be one of the more compelling Yankee pitching stories. He’s not the team’s number one starter, and his heavy sinker provides a great contrast to Joba Chamberlain, Sabathia and Burnett’s strike out-oriented approach. If Wang can up those K/9 IP numbers just a tick, the Yanks’ pitching will be that much better.

Checking in on the center field battle
Quick hits: Jorge looking good, Swisher day to day
  • Colombo

    Wow…all those “AJ is a bad teammate” stories are looking like real BS these days…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You know who never ever pulled Wang aside to teach him the finer points of strikeouts?

      ARod. Alex, unlike AJ, is a bad teammate.

      • Expired Milk

        Boli teaching Wang how to strike out with runners on in the 9th. I think the Yanks are better off without that lol.

  • Joe R

    After reading the title I thought Kei Igawa beat someone up. I was excited.

    • http://pinstripealley.com Edwantsacracker

      I wasn’t excited, I thought Igawa was giving pitching advice! Holy crap go get the AED.

  • Simon B.

    Here’s something I hope AJ does:

    I was just looking at his Player Card, and his sinker actually sinks more than Wang’s. It’s also only about a mile slower than his 4-seamer. He should almost completely adopt it as his only fastball and he’d probably get a lot more groundballs (he already is pretty good there).

  • Mike Pop

    I <3 A.J.

    But seriously, could be a good thing. Especially with the damn Jeter manning SS!!! And that bum A-Rod manning 3rd, we have no infield defense, oh noeesss. Could save a couple runs. Thank god Cody Ransom is filling in for a while, we need grits.

    Grits=Glory.

    • Cor Shep

      Glory = Championship

      • steve (different one)

        Championship = Title

        • Mike Pop

          Title = Hookers and blow.

          • Joe R

            Hookers and blow = Mike Pop

            • steve (different one)

              Mike Pop = Grits

              THAT JUST HAPPENED

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                You just blew my mind.

          • Cor Shep

            Hookers and blow = dumped by girlfriend and burning whilst peeing

    • Brian

      Grits = Breakfast (in the south, anyway)

      I suggest cheese grits.

  • Cor Shep

    I got an email from the Yankees saying I won the opportunity to buy Yankee tickets on March 23!! Anyone else?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
      • Cor Shep

        hah you suck dude

    • Brian

      Same. High-five.

      • Cor Shep

        someone on lohud told me that they had today was their day to buy tickets – and the cheapest one they found was $1000…

        • steve (different one)

          someone on lohud told me

          mistake #1

          • Cor Shep

            hah i knew it – i hate lohud just as much as you guys do. But i like the news on that site and the comments and insight on this site. Pete’s arod hate is so annoying

  • http://newstadiuminsider.com Ross

    Oh thank GOD. When I first read the title, I thought you were saying that Wang is learning from Kei Igawa… Noooooooooooooooo

    • steve (different one)

      hmmm, i did just see CMW at my local Sunglass Hut…

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    I definitely want Wang to strike more dudes out, but I remember reading an article somewhere early in the off-season that said Wang actually got the most help from his defenders of anyone in the league. So maybe that sinker is even more effective than we thought.