Tyler Kepner notes today that the Yankees in the same position they were last year: 8-11 with the Angels coming into town. General manager Brian Cashman tells Kepner:
"For some reason, it feels worse this year. But it keeps it in perspective to know that we got off to the exact same start and won 101 games. We're in one of those we're-never-as-bad-as-we-look-right-now schemes. It doesn't mean there aren't problems. But we'll address them."
Kepner goes on to profile Chien Ming Wang. According to a minor league scout:
"Wang is an average major league prospect with a ceiling, a good sinker-slider guy who throws strikes. I think Phillips could start on a second-division club. But the tough thing with the Yankees is there's such a small window of opportunity for a guy to prove himself."
"The two biggest things are that he throws strikes and isn't afraid of bat contact," Columbus pitching coach Gil Patterson said last night. "And stuff around him doesn't bother him. If a guy makes an error he says it's his job to make a pitch. I don't anticipate him throwing any different there than he has here. I anticipate him throwing very well."
..."His next pitch is a slider, but he has a change-up and split-fingered fastball," Patterson said. "If the slider is on, it can be a big help. He can throw it down and away to right-handers and we have been working on a back-door to lefties. He has four pitches and I would guess all four are major league caliber."