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Sabathia and the Red Sox

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 07, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

At this point, you’re well aware that CC Sabathia lost last night. It was his fourth loss in four starts against the Red Sox this season.

“Sometimes you’re going to struggle,” Nick Swisher said. “It shows he is a little human, but we know he’s going to be back out there in five days and he’s going to be ready to go. I think this game might light that fire. You never know what he’s going to do in his next start.”

Here’s what Sabathia’s done in his four starts against Boston this season.

April 10
At Fenway Park
5.2 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4, BB, 4 K

One run, but obviously that’s not a great line from the Yankees ace. Unlike last night, he did a nice job limiting the damage and giving the Yankees a chance, but the team was struggling at the time and Sabathia lost his first decision of the year. This was at a time when Sabathia kept missing out on early season win opportunities.

What was said: “I did what I could today,” Sabathia said. “But the stuff just wasn’t there.”

May 14
At Yankee Stadium
6.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Sabathia held the Red Sox scoreless until a two-run double by Jacoby Ellsbury in the fifth. He pitched into the seventh before his night was undone on his last pitch of the game, a two-out, three-run home run by Adrian Gonzalez. This was the game Jorge Posada asked out of the lineup.

What was said: “I thought CC pitched a good game,” Joe Girardi said. “I didn’t like the call to Jason Varitek. I thought Mike’s zone, he called some low strikes on us, and I thought that was a pivotal point of the game and it changed the complexion of the game.”

June 9
At Yankee Stadium
6.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Sabathia pitched six scoreless innings, but the night imploded in the seventh. Two of Sabathia’s runs scored when he was out of the game — Dave Robertson gave them up — but the real problem was that six of the eight batters Sabathia faced that inning had a base hit.

What was said: “That’s the outing,” Sabathia said. “We lose the game and get swept. I take total blame for everything that happened in the seventh inning, and I’ll be back out there in five days.”

August 6
At Fenway Park
6 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Not much need to go back into detail. Sabathia had two bad innings last night, but things really spiraled out of control during a five-run fourth. His fastball command was bad, and the patient Red Sox hitters were able to take advantage.

What was said: “Fastball command wasn’t there,” Sabathia said. “Everybody knows I throw everything off my fastball. It was just cutting and up-and-out and just all over the place. It was a tough day today.”

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