This has been talked about several times already.
I'll try to dig up my response...
The jist of it is,
Wang gets more groundballs than anyone. He also gets more double plays than almost anyone. Add in the fact that he does not get hit hard, low LD%, and doesn't give up many HR's and you have Chien Ming Wang. He's an efficient pitcher because he gets ground ball outs and even with a mediocre defense behind him, his low LD% allows him to get a lot of easy outs without throwing the number of pitches a guy trying to strike people out does.
If he starts to get hit harder then he has a problem, but it has yet to happen.
His fastball is often as high as 97.
He's a bit like Mariano. Wang had godd K numbers in the minors, as did Mo when he was younger. But his sinker ball is so good that he can throw fewer pitches by letting hitters get themselves out.
His minor league K rates are:
If he can be this effective and economical with his sinker, why bother throwing more pitches to try to strike people out?
Its not as if he can't strike guys out, but he's having success throwing fewer pitches and getting ground balls. I don't think there is enough evidence to say he couldn't strike hitters out at this level if he starts to get hit harder either.
Last edited by blankman on Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.