Wang's Cy Hopes Dampened, Kitty Left All Wet?
Today's rainout pushes Chien-Ming Wang's originally scheduled Thursday start to at least Saturday.
Assuming Wang pitches on Saturday and all pitchers stay on regular rest for the rest of the year, this means that Wang's scheduled starts all get pushed back two days for the rest of the season.
Wang would now be scheduled to pitch at Tropicana Field against Tampa Bay on Sept. 22nd, home against Baltimore on the 27th, and again at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 1st vs. Toronto.
Why is this a big deal?
Wang has 17 wins and has a shot to win 20 on the season. It is my firm belief that the only way he has a shot to win the Cy Young Award this year would be if he were the only 20 game winner in the AL.
Four starts, three wins needed.
Incidentally, Oct 1st is the last day of the season. I would be very surprised if Joe Torre allowed Wang to start the last game. Had it been two games earlier, he probably would get that 4th start.
In addition, what was supposed to be the last broadcast for longtime Yankee announcer (and one of the few quality ones, IMO) Jim Kaat on YES tonight will not be aired. It seems Kitty's last trip to the mic was last night. I'm glad I got a chance to hear him one last time. He always brought a unique perspective and insight into that booth. He'll be missed.
Lousy no good weather.
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 3:25 PM