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Wang’s best start of the year, the offense’s worst

(taken from NY Daily News

Wang’s best start of the year

It’s not saying much, considering his past starts (not worth posting the numbers), but it was a serious step. The stats were mediocre; 5 innings, 3 ER. But this is one of the cases where stats don’t quite tell you everything about the pitching performance; 
First of all, everyone who watched/listened to the game are aware of the blown call at first by the ump, top of the 5th. Willie Harris was clearly out at first base on a ground ball. He was called safe, and ended up scoring. The worst part about this entire incident, obviously, is that the Nationals one by this one run. 
Secondly, a good sign from Wang was that 10 of the 15 outs he delivered were ground balls. Four of the six hits Wang gave up were soft grounders that found the gap That was his signature from his 19-win seasons, the sinker/fastball induced groundball. Let’s hope that it bodes well for the rest of Wang’s season. 
The offense’s worst start of the year

This wasn’t the offense’s statistically worst start of the year, but considering the pitcher they faced, it seemed to be. 
I don’t have much to say on this one. I don’t see the point in speculating about the never-seen-before-pitcher-syndrome, because it appears that that’s what everyone else is talking about, and you can find much more in-depth analysis with them. All that I can say is that the failed rally in the ninth was a real heartbreaker. It’s funny how nearly all of our walk-off wins come via a combination of Johnny Damon and the young guys on the team. So when Damon launched the line-drive homer out of the park in the bottom of the ninth, and Gardner proceeded to steal second and third, it was looking like one of the walk-offs from earlier this season. 
The part that got me was that A-Rod took the walk. You can’t complain about a walk – A-Rod albeit a low average, has a .379 OBP. But it just struck me that he could’ve managed to get a deep enough fly ball to score Gardner if he was looking for the right pitch. Anyway, that’s an insignificant complaint. Cano had an excellent AB to follow, fouling off 96, 97 mph pitches. But just tough luck with the grounder. 
You can’t walk-off all of them.
Extra Note(s): 0-3 w/ RISP