Joe Girardi has wanted to team CC Sabathia and Russell Martin again for a while, but he finally did it Friday night against the Mariners, and it worked out well for the Yankees.
Sabathia threw a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the 6-3 win over the Mariners.
“After a day off, Russell was fresh, as fresh as he can be in the month of August,” Girardi said. “It just felt like the time to do it.”
Sabathia said: “Everybody made such a big deal. We wondering when I was going to throw to him again. … Once we got out there, we were on the same page.”
Martin caught him the first two games, then Chris Stewart caught the next 16, and it didn’t go poorly. Sabathia has a 3.24 ERA with Stewart behind the plate.
But when Game 1 comes, barring injury, it’s going to be Martin catching Sabathia. So working together some can’t hurt.
“I wanted to make sure he had a good start,” Martin said. “If he didn’t, I know there would be some stories about it. … Today just proved I can catch CC.”
Martin also continued to come on a little bit with the bat, delivering a double and a single. And he stole a base and scored two runs. But Martin is still only hitting .195.