On the Road to 300 Wins

Chien-Ming Wang won his fourth game of the year, and the 50th of his career. The last pitcher to get to 50 in such short time was Dwight Gooden or "Doc" Gooden as he is better known in Taiwan. I’m kidding about the title of this post, but I wouldn’t put it past the young righty to reach the milestone. What’s exciting about following his career so far is watching him make adjustments. This season, he seems to be less and less reliant on the sinker, and his increasing k-rate is showing this. It’s scary to imagine where the Yanks would be without him this season (and the past two seasons).

Don’t look now, but Johnny Damon seems to be heating up. For all the talk of how washed up he was last season, people do forget that he had a decent second half in 2007. A big year from Damon might just be in the offing. Speaking of big years, Bobby Abreu seems aware that he’s in a contract year.

So cheers to a nice, relatively angst-free, victory in Chicago. Let’s hope it continues.

19 comments… add one
  • I was going to comment about Wang in the other thread too, but it would be interesting if he wins low-to-mid 20s games. Would be even more impressive at this pace, considering it’s a huge majority of the Yanks victory – would you give him the Cy if the Yanks win 75 games, and Wang won 24 of them?
    In either case, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.. =)

    Lar April 23, 2008, 10:58 am
  • you want a laugh? go to Raysindex and scroll a little bit on the right side theres a counter counting down Kazmirs run to 300 wins…. currently sits at 35 LOL:

    TJ April 23, 2008, 11:17 am
  • HAHA nice, TJ.

    Atheose April 23, 2008, 11:20 am
  • I was happy with last night as well. But the inescapable truth is that Mussina/Hughes/IPK will collectively pitch us out of playoff contention if the latter two don’t start pitching at least as well as they did last year. I think they certainly can and I am not at all panicking here, but more than any offensive streaks, bullpen changes, racking up of Wang-wins, or other developments, I believe our season rests on the performance of those two.

    IronHorse (yf) April 23, 2008, 12:06 pm
  • Damon’s had a decent season last year until you realize he made 13 million. And after one big game it’s kind of comical you think he’s going to have a big season this year.

    mark April 23, 2008, 1:12 pm
  • it’s not after one game. It’s combining last season’s second half with his start this year. I also didn’t say he had a decent season in 2007.

    Nick -YF April 23, 2008, 1:30 pm
  • By the way yf’s, Darrel Rasner threw 6 shutout innings in AAA SW-B last night and is 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA this season. May be a matter of time before he comes up. Only question is who would be sent down to make room for him? Sadly there are 3 candidates for that honor. Let’s see how they each do in their next starts, beginning with Mussina tonight.

    IronHorse (yf) April 23, 2008, 1:37 pm
  • Mussina cant be sent down, he would have to be designated for assignment. If they send one down it would be Hughes or Kennedy

    TJ April 23, 2008, 1:55 pm
  • Can Mussina be “put down”, in a dog-shelter kid of way?

    IronHorse (yf) April 23, 2008, 2:06 pm
  • HAHAHAHA Ironhorse. There are only so many times you can sh*t on the carpet before getting sent to the vet. I’m sure the Steinbrenners have friends who could take care of him.

    Atheose April 23, 2008, 2:54 pm
  • Atheose, it is stunning that you use that metaphor. No joke. By complete coincidence one hour ago my wife called me distraught because our cat – who is having trouble adjusting to the fact that we now have two daughters under the age of 2 wreaking havoc at home – has taken a “protest-dump” outside the litter box for the 4th day in a row. We are having to look at giving her up or sending her to a shelter. Your note is making me think that perhaps I should first re-name the cat “Mussina”.

    IronHorse (yf) April 23, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • HAHA, that’s a pretty crazy coincidence IH. Not to make light of pet euthenasia, of course…

    Atheose April 23, 2008, 3:15 pm
  • But of course. Declining-veteran-pitcher euthenasia on the other hand…

    IronHorse (yf) April 23, 2008, 3:27 pm
  • Is “Fat Pussy Toad” too reptilian for a cat?

    A YF April 23, 2008, 3:57 pm
  • Is it wrong that I feel worse talking about euthenizing a cat than I do euthenizing Mussina?

    Atheose April 23, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • I think it’s great that your cat takes protest dumps, IH. That phrase makes me giggle. It would be a damn shame though to give it up. I’d be physically unable to do it, being a certified cat lover.

    Paul SF April 23, 2008, 4:44 pm
  • Watch a bit of this game last night from here in Chicago.
    The WSox ‘pen was nothing less than effing awful last year and Kenny Williams spent A LOT of dough trying to fix it, particularly on Linebrink and Dotel.
    Based on last night’s effort from Dotel, I’d say he wasted A LOT of dough. How in the eff do you grove a pitch to Abreau with the bases loaded? I’m surprised he didn’t hit that thing to Pilsen (a southside Chicago neighborhood.)
    And if any of you haven’t made the trip to the new Comiskey recently (until they pay me or give me free service, I will not use the corporate name), it’s a much nicer place. There’s a cantilevered roof now and the top few rows of the upper deck were removed. The Robert Taylor Homes public housing project (failure) of the 1960s across I-94 have been demolished and the neighborhood is getting cleaned up. It’s much more fun than Wrigley.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2008, 4:53 pm
  • Look, I’ve been arguing for Farnsworth-euthanasia for about a season now, on the theory that if a monkey flings poop at you, it doesn’t really matter how fast he throws it.
    Mussina, however, is an honored member of the team. He should be put out to pasture and he’s a pretty smart guy who should have a future in the organization.

    Adrian-YF April 23, 2008, 4:59 pm
  • Adrian,
    I have never been a Mussina fan. I have never liked how disdainful he is of the press – he practically snorts down his nose at them during post-game interviews; I don’t like how much he complains to umpires re: strike calls; I don’t like how fincky he has been taditionally when he doesn’t get exactly the days of rest he desires (major exception to this being his heroic relief apperance in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS for which he will always have a special place); and I especailly don’t like his transparent eye-rolling when his defense lets him down – worst of all his calling out of A-Rod to the press two years ago when he was slumping poorly and committing errors behind Mussina.
    I tend not to love finesse pitchers anyway, but my dislike for him has more to do with all of the above – which have led me to view him as rather cranky, pampered, arrongant, and not the best of teammates.
    Having said all that, I really don’t hate the guy as much as that all makes it seem. It’s just that it will barely register with me when he leaves the team. Now if he continues to be stubborn in tossing his 86-mph cheese across the plate against sluggers, my ambivalence and mild dislike of him will quickly blossom into something uglier.

    IronHorse (yf) April 23, 2008, 5:49 pm

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