Fanning five and only allowing five hits over seven scoreless innings, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Chien-Ming Wang stifled Rangers batters on Sunday in Arlington, Texas.
After opting out of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the 33-year-old Wang (1-0, 3.14 ERA) signed a one-year contract worth $500,000 last week to become a Blue Jay.
Expected to compete for their first World Series title since 1993, the Blue Jays (32-36) have crashed and sit in the basement of the American League East.
As New York’s stopper during the 2006, 2007 and 2008 campaigns, the Taiwanese icon went 55-26 in 109 games as a Yankee.
Unfortunately, Wang mangled his right foot in June 2008 while running around third versus the Astros in Houston.
Returning the following spring, the powerful sinkerballer struggled mightily on the mound and was plagued by various injuries off of it.
Seemingly mended, the 6-foot-4, 225 pound Wang will soar as a healthy Blue Jay.
Considering Phil Hughes, David Phelps and Ivan Nova are as reliable as Amanda Bynes on smack, the Yankees (38-31) should have demoted two of their disappointments and gambled on the A.L. leader with 19 victories in 2006.
Fortifying Toronto’s staff, Chien-Ming Wang and the Blue Jays will be tough to compete against henceforth.by