I’m not saying I think he deserves the Cy Young Award, but I do think his name needs to be mentioned in the conversation now, after today’s line:
C Wang (W, 16-5)
If the season were to end right now, he’d be tied for the league lead in wins, 9th in ERA and clearly the most important starting pitcher in the league, almost singlehandedly keeping the Yankees alive (and their bullpen fresh) when no other starter can consistently get the job done.
I feel like one of these days he’s going throw a no-hitter, and nobody will be surprised. There’s only so many times you can throw 2- and 3-hitters in a row before the pieces fall into place.
Nevertheless, I think the award goes to Santana right now, with Halladay closely behind him. Maybe Verlander in the mix ahead of Wang, but not really anyody else.
Of course, a few more outings like today’s and maybe he jumps ahead.
And yes, I know I said before the season that the Yankees should trade him while his value was high, and that I thought his inconsitency would ultimately be a problem, and that he would pitch to an ERA of 4.5, which isn’t so great. I know. I was wrong. However, when I said that I thought he could benefit greatly from learning a breaking or offspeed pitch, I still stand by that. I think if he could throw something that would keep hitter off balance, in addition to a 95-mph fastball and a heavy 92-mph sinker, he could be dominating.
*OK, so the clever title was thought up by someone else. I gotta give him cvedit.