That didn’t take long. Before I had left the clubhouse, this e-mail arrived about CC Sabathia:
Giving up 6 runs and leaving with the bases loaded in the 6th inning to a horrible hitting team in Seattle is pretty lame. He’s not a bust (yet) but he doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that he will shut down the opposition, either.
Sabathia was 6-1, 2.82 in his previous 10 starts. What else would you like him to do, juggle flaming torches and chainsaws between batters?
CC is 7-5 with a 3.85 ERA. The Yankees are 8-9 in the games he has started. But in four of those games they scored four or less runs for him. He got hurt in another.
I’ll still take him on my side seven days a week.
Oh, and the Mariners came to New York having won eight of their previous nine series. The other team does try on occasion.
The Yankees are on a pace to go roughly 94-68 and that’s after all the injuries that limited them in April in May. Factor that in and they’re probably a 96-66, maybe 97-65. That’ll get them to October.
Here is CC Sabathia, explaining his night:
Oh, and Posada is iffy for tomorrow. He did not pinch hit in the seventh inning as he was not sure he could catch because of a bruised left thumb suffered yesterday when he got hit with a foul tip.
Thanks to everybody for reading tonight. Back it tomorrow morning for the day game.