Wang returns to form against helpless Astros

Looking back on a rebuilt stadium
A weaker lineup with Matsui limited

Last time out, Chien-Ming Wang wasn’t able to make it out of the second when the BoSox lit him up for six hits and seven runs in 1.2 innings. He worked with pitching coach Dave Eiland to clean up a mechanical issue between starts, and order was restored to the universe. Wang tossed five innings of one run ball against the Astros this afternoon, giving up just three hits while striking out two and inducing ten groundballs against just three in the air. Shortly before the game Houston agreed to use the DH, so the Yanks were off the hook and didn’t have to worry about Wang hurting himself on the basepaths. Again.

Robinson Cano was the late add as DH, so the Yanks had someone personally drive him the 90 minutes to Osceola County Stadium. He responded by going 2-for-4 and is now 4-for-10 since returning from the WBC, so I guess the sore shoulder can’t be that bad. Hava Molina chipped in a pair of hits as well, while Johnny Damon, Cody Ransom, Melky Cabrera and Justin Leone combined to go 0-for-14, though the Melk-man drove in the game tying run in the 6th with a RBI groundout. Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher batted three-fourm in the lineup and each picked up a hit, while Eric Duncan (yes that Eric Duncan) drove in a pair of insurance runs in the ninth. Angel Berroa put the Yanks on top for good with an RBI single in the sixth and went 1-for-3 on the day, dropping his spring line to .421-.436-.711.

Phil Coke, Brett Tomko, Jose Veras and Jon Albaladejo combined to throw four scoreless after the Wanger, allowing just one hit (by Coke) and a pair of walks (both by Veras). You can tell the regular season’s getting closer, because the relievers are starting to see some situational duty rather just “you’re pitching X inning today.” Austin Jackson stole a base and scored a pair of runs after picking up a single and pinch-running for Molina. PJ Pilittere also scored a run after a 1-for-1 effort, so overall it was a good day the for the young guys. The 4-1 loss pushed Houston’s preseason record to an unsightly 1-15-3, and they’ve been outscored 119-52. The Pythag Record for that run differential is … 26-136. No wonder Pedro won’t sign with them.

AJ Burnett will look to continue his torrid spring tomorrow night against his former team (the most recent one), and YES will carry the action.

Looking back on a rebuilt stadium
A weaker lineup with Matsui limited
  • John

    Wang clearly took steroids between starts…

    • John

      as did CC and Joba. Burnett’s been on them all spring.

      • steve (different one)

        CC takes his steroids in sandwich form. or they might just be sandwiches. tough to say.

  • Rich

    I long for a world in which the word steroid isn’t (over)used.

    • John

      me too

    • Ben K.

      I steroid long steroid for steroid that steroid steroid-free world steroid too.

      • Drew

        good idea for a website, isteroid.c.m

  • dkidd

    cant wait to see burnett tomorrow night

    • anonymous

      cant wait to see the traveling pitching clinic every night.

  • Tom Zig

    Do you know that AJ Burnett has pitched 200+ innings more times than Beckett?

    • Tom Zig

      oops that was meant to be a reply.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Trying to comfort me by saying that AJ is healthier than Beckett is like trying to comfort me by saying that my wife is prettier than Rosie O’Donnell.

        • Tom Zig

          Well it was worth a shot. I mean it is only 3 vs 2. And when you look to the 150-199 IP range Beckett leads 3-2.

  • robert skollar

    How about that elephant???

    • Matt

      Hey, don’t talk about Carlos Lee that way. I’m sure he’s got feelings, too.

  • jsbrendog

    wow dude, the astros could lose 100+ games this year. go ed wade!

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      They should try and coax Roger Clemens out of retirement.

      Maybe he can show Brandon Backe and Wandy Rodriguez how to be a better pitcher by having a guy rub hot shit on your balls.

  • LiveFromNY

    Sorry to go off topic but I just came from the ticket presale for licensees and unlike other years I did not buy a single ticket. Most tickets (exhibition and home opening and RS series) are sold out. The only ones available for any game I would want are over $1000.00 a seat.

    Who would pay $1000 for a seat? Even if I was a millionaire, I couldn’t see paying that much and I probably would know people who could get me tickets gratis.

    They also put the anti-bot checking in place. And you have to put your password in every time. So the process is:

    Pick the game you want.
    Put in your password
    Put in the anti bot words (half the time impossible to read)
    then get told there are no tickets OR tickets for over $1000

    Hit try again and you get to go back to square one (no looking for next best, you have to go all the way back to the beginning).

    I know I have season seats but I usually like to pick up some extra for family and friends.

    Tough to do this year.