CC Sabathia said after the game that other than getting his slider a little sharper, he is good to go for the season. He threw 68 of his 93 pitches for strikes and dominated what amounted to a B-squad lineup that the Reds ran out there. “I felt great,” he said.
Sabathia got 14 of the 23 outs he recorded on groundballs. Yes, Joba Chamberlain was in the dugout watching. Learn, young man, learn.
“They’re not all on two-seamers. A couple of change-ups. A couple of sliders in on the hands. A couple of fastballs in on the hands,” Jorge Posada said. “His location was good today. If he doesn’t have his fastball, he has his two-seamer. He can throw his curveball for a strike. He has a change-up. … He’s fun to catch.”
Meanwhile, if you are in the Tampa area tomorrow, go see the minor-league game at 1 p.m. Chien-Ming Wang will pitch for Triple-A Scranton against Triple-A Indianapolis. The Wanger will be throwing to Jorge Posada. Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher also will be in the lineup so they can get some extra at-bats.
This from the AP:
Jeremy Guthrie hopes to pitch better on opening day than he did Friday in the Baltimore Oriole’s 9-7 win over the Florida Marlins.
Guthrie gave up six runs in the first inning. After he left the game in the fifth, he was told by manager Dave Trembley he’d be starting the season opener April 6 against CC Sabathia and the Yankees.
“He told me after the touchdown,” Guthrie said, smiling. “He said, ‘Nice job. We blocked the extra point on the touchdown.”’
Guthrie, a first round pick in 2002, went 10-12 with a 3.63 EDRA in 30 starts last year. “He’s deserving of it. I’m sure he’ll be ready to go,” Trembley said.
Guthrie has 7.94 ERA in three Grapefruit League starts.