Is Chien-Ming Wang the Solution to the New York Yankees' Pitching Woes?

By Chris Ronca
Chien Ming Wang delivers a pitch
Photo Credit: Brad Mills – USA Today

Two-fifths of the New York Yankees‘ rotation is currently struggling on a nightly basis. Adding insult to injury is the fact that the two pitchers that are under-performing (Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova) are the two youngest and most inconsistent pitchers in the rotation. So the team would definitely have to go to another arm if either of these starters does not improve their games to at least a satisfactory level.

At the same time, former Yankees’ ace and two time 19-game winner Chien-Ming Wang is currently trying to work his way back into pinstripes. Wang inked a minor-league deal with the club back in March after the 33 year-old had a very impressive showing in 12 scoreless innings for Taiwan in the World Baseball Classic.

Wang has had success in the Bronx before and looked like he was destined for greatness with Bombers as recently as the 2008 season, but injuries ultimately derailed him towards the end of his first stint with the Yankees.

Wang kicked his comeback bid into high gear last week as he made his first start since the WBC when he started for the Yankees AAA affiliate last Friday. Wang looked strong throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits, not walking a batter and striking out three. Granted, it was only one game and was against AAA batters, but this was a vintage Chien-Ming Wang performance.

Don’t be surprised if Wang takes the mound for the Yankees sometime in mid to late May. Remember, once you give a competitor like Wang an inch, they usually will end up taking a mile.

 Chris Ronca is a New York Yankees writer for Follow him on Twitter; @ChrisRonca.

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