Besides the joke that in a three-game series the Blue Jays can now have a Dickey, a Wang, and a Johnson out on the mound, the Jays signing of veteran starter, Chein-Ming Wong is a great low-risk move.
Wang, 33, posted a 2.33 ERA with 3.9 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 in 58 innings for the Yankees’ triple-A affiliate this season, allowing just two homers along the way. He also fired 12 scoreless frames in this year’s World Baseball Classic. The Taiwanese sinker artist is represented by Octagon and has a 4.26 ERA in 765.1 innings between the Yankees and Nationals.
With a battered rotation, I really like this signing. In Wang, the Jays pick up a veteran guy who has had two 19-win seasons, proven success in the AL East, and all fro $500,000.
I know that he is not the same guy who used to have a mid-90s sinker. Now he has a low-90s sinker that sometimes doesn’t sink. But he has seemed to re-discover the sink to the pitch in triple-A this year and he can eat innings.
In his first start for the Jays, he went 7.1 innings allowing 10 hits and 5 runs. But of the 5 runs, 3 of them via a 3-run homer so it’s a bit misleading.
Wang goes today in a game vs. the Rangers where the Jays have a chance to sweep the 4th and final game. He’ll match up vs. lefty Derek Holland, so unfortunately the edge going to the Rangers today. But who knows, as GM Alex Anthopoulos said of the Wang signing “maybe we’ll catch lightning in a bottle” and Wang will turn out to be the cheapest way the Jays pick up wins all season. Remember, the guy is only 33.