By now, CC Sabathia should be in the Bahamas somewhere, enjoying a three-day vacation that he very much earned.
On Sunday, Sabathia pitched his first complete game shutout of the season, then he saw on the big video board at Yankee Stadium that he’d been picked as an injury replacement for the all-star game. Until that moment, Sabathia had no idea he’d been invited to Arizona, but he already knew he wasn’t going. He wouldn’t have been eligible to pitch anyway.
“I still don’t understand what happened there, why he wasn’t on the team to begin with,” Mark Teixeira said.
With 13 wins and 2.72 ERA, Sabathia was very much an all-star starter through the first half. He’s the first Yankees starter with that many wins at the break since Andy Pettitte in 1996. He’s riding a career-best 23.2-inning scoreless streak.
“I’ve been in the league not really for a long time, seven years, but I mean I haven’t seen a guy like him,” Robinson Cano said. “Go to the mound, pitch the way he pitches every time he goes out there. I don’t remember seeing just three or four innings. He always makes it happen.”
Sabathia’s already won one Cy Young award. If he keeps this pace, he might pitch his way to another.
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