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