We made it to Friday!
- Wang stays in the rotation . . . for now:
Despite having a 21.61 ERA as a starter, Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is expected to remain in the rotation, a source told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.
He is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, a source told ESPN.
Manager Joe Girardi suggested Thursday that Wang would lose his place in the rotation if he did not pitch well on Wednesday.
“As I told him, it’s important that he has a real good start,” Girardi said to The New York Times. “He needs to show us that he’s back and he’s fully back, because at some point, production is important.”
- Wang has been consistently inconsistent:
In the bullpen and before games, Eiland said he likes what he sees. Then the game starts and Wang loses his consistent arm slot.
“I can’t go stand behind the mound with him during the game,” Eiland said. “He’s got to go out there.”
The Yankees could do worse than call on the former pitching coach Ron Guidry as a troubleshooter, as Peter Abraham suggested on his blog during the game. It’s hard to argue with the results from Wang during Guidry’s tenure: consecutive 19-win seasons and a strong working relationship with the pitching coach, which seems to be missing now. Maybe another set of eyes and a familiar, friendly face could help. At this point, it couldn’t hurt.
- Yankees’ streaming deal analysis:
After years of negotiations and infighting, local MLB games are finally coming to a PC near you. That is, as long as you live in New York, subscribe to Cablevision, and root for the Yankees. The team, via the YES Network, signed a deal with Cablevision earlier this spring to stream games online within the team’s local broadcast area at some point this year, a first for any major American sports team. There will presumably be a subscription fee, and the games will likely be shown on yankees.com, yesnetwork.com, and cablevision.com.
. . . This deal could set an enormously important precedent, especially for small market teams: how much local digital revenue will be shared among the thirty teams, via MLBAM? The company is supplying the technology, and possibly even paying the streaming costs, so it certainly seems entitled to a sizable fee.
There haven’t been many hints yet, but 15-25 percent for BAM seems like a reasonable guess—after all, the Yankees probably had to convince MLB to allow this deal in the first place. The higher it is, the better it will be for small market teams, who could really end up benefiting from this arrangement in five to ten years. . . .
- Hideki Matsui turns 35 today. Now in his seventh (and likely last) season with the Bombers, Matsui has compiled a line of .292/.369/.478 with 120 HRs and 530 RBI in 792 games.
- On this date in 1928, Lou Gehrig collected 14 bases with two triples and two home runs in a 15 – 7 victory over the White Sox.
See you all on Monday!