CC Sabathia has his doubters earlier this season when he was 7-5 with an ERA of 3.85 after 17 starts.
The big man is 7-2 since and has dropped his ERA down to 3.58. He, Josh Beckett and Adam Wainwright are tied for the most wins in the majors and Sabathia has given the Yankees 178.2 innings. Just like he promised in the spring, Sabathia improved as the season went on.
Remember that Chicago game on Aug. 2? With the Yankees having dropped the first three games of that series, CC allowed four runs in the third inning. Here is what he has done since:
27.2 innings, 13 hits, 4 earned runs, 5 walks, 29 strikeouts. He came back to win that game and has won every start since. It was like he said, “That’s enough, it ends here.”
Take away the intentional walk and Sabathia threw 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes tonight. Once the Yankees got the lead he went to his sinker and change and got a series of groundball outs.
“He has that ability to change gears and keep you from getting back in the game,” Nick Swisher said. “Once CC gets a lead, he’s not going to start walking people and give you a chance. He bears down.”
You wanted an ace? You have one.
Here’s CC talking about his night:
Oh, and he picked up 150 tickets for his family and friends. Half of Vallejo was here tonight based on the noise in the crowd.
CC-Beckett on Sunday night at Fenway. That’s going to be fun.