We talked this morning about Chien-Ming Wang’s third outing of the year being a key opportunity for the right-hander to prove he can still pitch in the majors. He’s seized it tonight.
Wang allowed one hit in six shutout innings, walking two batters and putting himself in line for the win when the Nationals scored three runs in the top of the sixth. He’s still had trouble getting many swings and misses - he struck out just one batter tonight - but he got 11 groundouts in six innings, and did it with a recipe much closer to what he used to win 19 games in 2006 and 2007.
Sixty-six of his 81 pitches tonight were sinkers - the 81.4 percent ratio was closer to what he used with the Yankees - and he was still averaging 91.8 mph in the sixth inning. It’s the closest yet he’s been to what the Nationals hoped he could become, and it does nothing less than change the conversation about what the rest of this year holds for him. All of a sudden, it looks like there’s a high ceiling on Wang again, and it’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here.