Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Yanks 4, Ms 2

Laziness issues precluded the use of the WE chart yesterday. Stupidity is today’s cause. After running everything through the program, I typed the table into Word and saved the graph, but only an HTML version of said graph remains. True, I could probably get the JPEG out of that file, but as evidenced Monday, that’s not really going to work.

Lookout Landing’s WE Graph. Unfortunately, that still doesn’t tell us who did what, but from what I remember, Wang was .316, Cairo was something like .154, and the next closest was Giambi, who was at .034 or thereabouts. On the low end, it was A-Rod at -.182. Everyone else fell into the less than .100 but greater than -.100.

So the “story” of the night was A-Rod’s three errors, which couldn’t have come during a worse game. We all know Wang’s tendencies, and to misplay routine ground balls limits his effectiveness. Thankfully, Wang and the pitching staff have figured something out, because he’s pitching considerably better with men on base than he had back in April. This is why he’s looking like a No. 2/3 starter.

All in all, this was as solid as Wang can be without reaching the realm of the great. Nineteen (19!) groundball outs to a mere five in the air, which completely compensates for the lone strikeout he added to his paltry season total. The only thing that irked me in that regard is that he issued two walks. For the most part, Wang has had it right this season: keep the ball on the ground and don’t walk guys. He’s walking roughly two and a quarter guys per nine, which is good, but not as good as he’ll need to be.

I see guys who are shaky on Wang, saying that this low strikeout total and mediocre K/BB ratio are major causes for concern. However, I don’t see the same issue. He’s still relatively young, and is pitching his second big league season. Thankfully for him, control is a learned trait. I have faith that he’ll hone his control and wind up dropping his BB/9 rate below two within the next year or two. That would amplify his circa 3.00 ground ball to fly ball ratio. And, as comes with control comes at least a menial boost in strikeouts. Just ask Moose.

Tonight we have the debut of Sidney Ponson, an event about which I’m not particularly excited. Anxious maybe. Curious probably. Thankfully, he’s matched up against Joel Pineiro, who, according to Jeff at Lookout Landing, is an abomination. Oh, and word is that Seattle passed on the Chacon-Pineiro swap, which I would guess is in their best interest. They would really gain nothing except a guy who has had trouble going deep in games. At least Pineiro sometimes can give you some innings. Still, I’m predicting at least one Giambi homer off this schmuck.

And while we’re at predictions, I’m very confident in predicting Alex Rodriguez’s presence in the lineup. His toe may be in a little pain, but I think the severity of the injury was embellished for the media as to give him an excuse for a, well, inexcusable night. This may fall into the category of wishful thinking, however, as I’m pretty sure that even Joel Pineiro can manage to put away Nick Green with ease.

Back with the WE tomorrow.