Updated: Wang to start WednesdayBy
Despite having the highest ERA in history for any pitcher with 20+ innings pitched and five or more starts in a single season (by over a full run, no less), Chien-Ming Wang will make another start for the Yanks according to Buster Olney’s people. Wang’s next start is scheduled for next Tuesday, but they could choose to skip him with Monday’s off day and push his start back to next Saturday. Considering that the Nationals’ team OPS is nearly 60 points higher than the Marlins’ … yeah, push him back.
Update by Ben (5:10 p.m.): While speaking with reporters prior to tonight’s Yankees/Red Sox game, Joe Girardi said that Chien-Ming Wang will start on Wednesday at home against the Nationals. The Yankees are committed to working through Wang’s problems, and he’ll get the ball while facing a team that has fared well against right-handed pitchers. Despite sporting the Majors’ worst record, the Nats have hit righties to the tune of .265/.345/.417. I hate to call any one start do-or-die, but this will be a do-or-die outing for Wang in Yankee Stadium.