2013 Fantasy Baseball: Don’t Rush To Add SP Chien-Ming Wang

By Adam McGill
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After starting off 1-0 and allowing just one earned run through his first 13.1 innings of work, Toronto Blue Jays SP Chien-Ming Wang quickly became a popular waiver wire addition in larger fantasy baseball leagues this past week.

However, during his most recent start against the Boston Red Sox, Wang really looked his age. He lasted a meager 1.2 innings in his first loss of the season and gave up seven earned runs on six hits and two walks. The veteran failed to record a single strikeout and was quickly pulled before he could do anymore damage.

Wang’s best seasons were with the New York Yankees. Between 2006-07 in the Bronx, the Taiwan born hurler went 38-13, pitched 417.1 innings, and posted an ERA of 3.66. However, those seasons were seemingly a lifetime ago for the fantasy community.

Wang may record a quality start once a month, but it still doesn’t mean the veteran starter is worth picking up. The 33-year-old is well past his prime and isn’t exactly guaranteed to be in the rotation by the time the fantasy playoffs come around.

It is only a matter of time until Wang is getting shelled for five runs a game, or even worse, designated for assignment. If you are desperate for a low-end fantasy starter to count on down the stretch, it would be better to simply avoid Wang.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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