LADY AT THE BAT: The Change-Up Is Wright For Chase

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Change-Up Is Wright For Chase

David Wright was at the Yankee game last night. No, it wasn't the Mets Third Baseman. It was Chase Wright's dad, who, along with Chase's stepmom, and a few other family members and friends, watched as Chase Wright made his Major League debut at Yankee Stadium.

The 24-year-old lefthander, who'd never made a start above double-A, pitched five innings, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits, walking 3 and striking out 3, in the Yankees 10-3 win over the Indians. He'd better remember that line. Obviously "3" is his lucky number. I know the Tribe will remember his change-up. Wright fooled them with it all night. Whenever it seemed as if an Indians batter was in control of an at-bat, they'd swing wildly at that change-up and look like a fool.

So, what's next for Chase Wright? Well, if everything stays status quo, he'll face Daisuke Matsusaka and the Red Sox on Sunday night. However, I'm hearing rumors that, because it's the Red Sox, the Yankees might start Chien-Ming Wang, on a strict pitch count. Wang is scheduled to make his second re-hab start sometime this week. I know its Yankees-Red Sox, but there's no way the Yankees would do this to Wang so early in the season. I could see if it were mid-September and the division was on the line, but it's not. I don't know who will go up against Dice-K on Sunday, but it definitely will not be Wang.

The Lady

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