First a very quick reminder that I’ll be hosting a chat this afternoon at 4 p.m. I’ll try to go as long as I can before I have to go down to the dugout for Joe Girardi’s pregame interview.
CC Sabathia showed absolutely no concern. Not when he struggled a little bit in spring training, and certainly not after a so-so outing on Opening Day. His second start of the season comes in tonight’s series finale against the Orioles, and Sabathia said he hasn’t even watched video of Friday’s opener.
“That comes with time,” he said. “I really think having a family, having kids, is what allowed me to let things go. Since I’ve had little ones, I come out, and they don’t care if I threw a no-hitter or gave up eight runs. It doesn’t matter to them, and I think that’s helped me a lot.”
The Yankees ace allowed five runs through six innings on Opening Day. He gave up eight hits and walked three, but his fastball command got much better in the later innings, and four of those five runs came on a first-inning grand slam.
“You want to get back out there,” Sabathia said. “But whether it’s a good start or a bad start, once I leave the field, I let it go. I can’t take anything out there with me. Pitching bad against Tampa is not going to help me out here against the Orioles. I’ll go out and try to throw my fastball, have my fastball command and throw everything off of that.”
In his three years with the Yankees, Sabathia has averaged nearly 20 wins with a 3.18 ERA. As little concern as Sabathia shows, his manager might show even less.
“I think his track record usually allows me not to think about it,” Joe Girardi said. “When he does have an outing that’s maybe not CC like, the next one is usually really good.”
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