Chien Ming Wang was perfect for seven and a third innings yesterday. It was, for most of the day, a typical Wang affair: efficient, lots of balls on the ground, the occassional strikeout. When he got to the seventh, the unlikely seemed plausible, especially after inducing an easy 4-3 grounder from Ichiro and then, with two outs and a 3-0 count, working back to strike out Raul Ibanez swinging on a nasty sinker after pounding him with a pair of inside fastballs for strikes. I was yelling at the television at that point, but, alas, for the second time in about a week, the Yanks saw a no-hit bid disappear in the late innings; Ben Broussard broke it up with one out in the eighth on a homer off of a changeup. (Jorge!?!) Oh well. The Yanks got a big win, and it’s always better to lose a no-no on a no-doubter, rather than a cheapie. The Sox lost, so the Yanks made up a full game.
The question remains, who are the real Yankees? Wang, Moose, and Pettitte have given the team solid outtings in their last three appearances. If they continue to do that, the Bombers will not be under .500 for long. But the back end of the rotation remains a question. Kei Igawa looked awful on Friday. Darrell Rasner goes today in an effort to save his place on the team. Matt DeSalvo will probably take it with even an adequate performance Monday. The Yanks have now won 4 of their last 5. The next two starts will be interesting bell weathers. We’re hoping the come-ons of the past week will lead to something fruitful. Fingers crossed.