CC Sabathia’s fastball wasn’t traveling faster than 90 mph in the Yankees’ 4-3 comeback win over Arizona Wednesday night (My article here).
The 32-year-old lefty didn’t have his good fastball command early and also gave up a two-run homer on a high changeup in the first. But after throwing 31 pitches to get the opening three outs, he managed to get through another seven, throwing only 77 more pitches. It added up to his third straight quality start — three runs, six hits, one walk, six strikeouts — and his third victory in four tries. His ERA is a tidy 2.57.
So his high-mileage arm, which underwent arthroscopic surgery for the removal of a small bone spur in the elbow back on Oct. 25, can still be effective despite the diminished mph.
“To me, he’s really the same guy,” Joe Girardi said. “He just doesn’t have quite as much velocity. He’s going to use his changeup. It’s very effective. He’s going to use his slider. It’s very effective. He just may not hit the 96s, 97s and 98s that he used to hit. …
“He’s always been a location guy. So I think that helps him.”
Girardi does think Sabathia’s velocity will improve some as the season progresses.
“I think you’ll see 92s, 93s and maybe some 94s,” Girardi said. “I do believe we’re going to see it. It’s just going to take some time.”
Also, Mark Teixeira is getting back in the swing of things and Andy Pettitte’s back is good to go for tomorrow night.
And while Francisco Cervelli didn’t have a great game last night (0-4 with an error), he has gotten off to a good start overall. This is my feature story on him.