LADY AT THE BAT: I Know, Posada. But, Cabrera and Wang!

Monday, April 28, 2008

I Know, Posada. But, Cabrera and Wang!

If I wanted to I could dwell on the fact that Jorge Posada appears headed to the DL for the first time in his career. Tough loss for the Yankees. Somebody else will have to step it up while he's gone. But I don't want this post to be about Posada. I want to concentrate on The Melkman and the Wanger.

Melky Cabrera now has 5 home runs this season. Number 5 came yesterday in the Yankees 1-0 classic over the Indians in Cleveland. He had a total of 8 homers last season. Why the power surge? He's been working out with Alex Rodriguez. Also, the Yankees always knew Melky had the potential to be a power-hitter. They just weren't sure when that potential would become a reality.

Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang (and, if you still don't think he's an ace, you're crazy) mixed up his pitches and had good location in yesterday's game, incorporating a nasty slider with his turbo sinker. The result: 9 strikeouts in 7 shutout innings. He has definitely put those postseason starts against the Tribe behind him.

Both Melky Cabrera and Chien-Ming Wang are products of the Yankee farm system, which non-Yankee fans don't seem to know exists. For more information on the kids that have come out of that system in recent years, read Peter Abraham's recent blog post. What he says might surprise you.

The Lady

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