In his eight starts since the All-Star break — or since his first stint on the DL, however you want to look at it — Yankees ace CC Sabathia has allowed exactly three earned runs four times. He’s allowed more than three earned runs once, and fewer than three earned runs three times. He’s allowed more than four earned runs only twice this season, one was on Opening Day and the other was in a home loss against Boston.
He has not been bad this season, but Sabathia hasn’t been an overwhelming Cy Young candidate either.
“We’ve seen him more dominating,” Joe Girardi said. “What is he, 13-5 and he’s missed two months? That’s not too bad. It’s not like his ERA is in the 4s.”
Actually, Sabathia is 13-4 and he’s lost once since June 7. He hasn’t missed quite two months, more like five or six weeks. But Girardi’s point is a fair one: Sabathia hasn’t been dominating, but he’s been good.
Here’s a sampling of Sabathia’s numbers…
Career: 3.51 ERA — 1.23 WHIP — 7.8 K/9 — 2.7 BB/9
As a Yankee: 3.22 ERA — 1.19 WHIP — 8.1 K/9 — 2.5 BB/9
This year: 3.42 ERA — 1.20 WHIP — 8.9 K/9 — 2.1 BB/9
Maybe this season is one of the good things about Sabathia: Even at his worst he’s still pretty good. Or maybe this fits a common outsiders complaint: That he’s a workhorse but not a truly dominant ace. Either way, Sabathia’s next start is going to come against the second-place Orioles. Given this division race, that would be a fine time for the Yankees ace to jump from good to great.
“It’s baseball,” Sabathia said. “We’ve got to go out and keep playing. It’s a tough game, but we still have a lead. It’s all up to us and hopefully we can turn it around.”
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