I actually have very little to say about this matchup but i thought that since it’s between players who are 11-0 combined it was worth a quick post. The bottom line is that Chien Ming Wang is pretty good and Cliff Lee is pretty good. Is it an early Cy Young contest, probably not. Wang has been excellent over the last 3 years and should end up with a crap load of wins. Lee, 5-0 0.96 this season, has a career 59-46 record with a 4.46 ERA and is coming off a year where he went 5-8, 6.29. Very respectable career numbers, but hardly dominating.
One thing i’m sure that the coaches have talked to the players about is the fact that Lee has only issued 2 bb’s in 37.2 innings this year. I’m not saying we should go out there hacking at every first pitch but we will need to be ready to swing the bats tonight, which could be bad news for Jason Giambi. In fact, i wouldn’t be surprised if Duncan comes in to face Lee as it would be pretty tough on Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui if they were to ride the pine tonight.
It will also be interesting to see how Wang handles the Cleveland hitters, the only other team Wang has faced twice this year is Boston, and they SHELLED him in the return matchup after he handcuffed them first time around. I have faith in old Obi Wang Kenobi though.