To some extent, CC Sabathia has followed the lead of his hitters. As the Yankees lineup has struggled, so has their ace.
Before last week’s road trip
Six starts: 2.25 ERA, .248 opponents’ batting average, 11 walks, 36 strikeouts
During last week’s road trip
Two starts: 4.85 ERA, .288 opponents’ batting average, 7 walks, 8 strikeouts
The difference, it seems, is that Sabathia still manages to give the Yankees a chance to win even when he’s not at his best. Tonight, the Yankees will count on him to end this string of losing and even this weekend series against the Red Sox.
“I think CC is real good about turning the page from pitch to pitch, hitter to hitter, inning to inning,” Joe Girardi said. “Some guys let it linger and think, ‘God, I should have made this pitch. If I would have did this, I wouldn’t have given up two runs.’ CC is able to put it behind him and relax. He never seems to get flustered. He throws a lot of strikes, so players put the ball in play. A lot of times, when players put the ball in play when they’re down in the count 0-1, 1-2, 0-2, the swings aren’t as good. They’re more protective swings, so you get outs.”