CC Sabathia finally seems to be getting in gear. This 4-0 win over the Mets meant he has now won four straight starts. The lefty allowed four hits and struck out six over eight innings. The Yankees were briefly debating whether to let him to try to finish off the shutout himself, but a 22-minute rain delay after the top of the eighth took care of that decision for them.
The Mets had whacked Sabathia around for six runs and 10 hits over five on May 23 when Johan Santana beat him 6-4. Now Sabathia has beaten the Phillies/Roy Halladay and the Mets/Santana back to back, improving to 8-3 despite an uneven first half that includes a 4-0 record against the Orioles.
“I think it’s global warming,” Joe Girardi joked. “In April, he had a great month and he’s usually a slow starter, and in May, he struggled. So I don’t know. They seem to chalk up so many things to global warming.”
Girardi also said Sabathia hadn’t been far off, and Sabathia agreed.
“I think this year was just a matter of being (a little) off, making bad pitch selection, making bad pitches,” Sabathia said. “Most of the time, that’s pretty easy to correct.”