Plenty of talk this season about CC Sabathia’s fastball velocity. Sabathia has said all along that it’s a non-issue — his velocity might dip, but he’s been able to deal with it — and even last night, when he was throwing harder, he downplayed the significance.
“It felt good,” Sabathia said. “The ball felt good coming out. I had no problems and I felt good.”
No problems. Felt good. Non issue. Maybe all of that’s true. Certainly Sabathia has the offspeed pitches, and he generally has the command, to get outs without hitting the upper 90s.
“You know, sometimes it doesn’t matter because his ball feels heavy,” Francisco Cervelli said. “Like in the past when I used to catch him, he was throwing 95, but if he doesn’t hit his spots, he gets hit. He’s just got to hit the corners and make the hitters uncomfortable.”
But, the velocity helps. Last night, Sabathia topped out a little above 93 and averaged a little better than 91 mph. Joe Girardi noted that Sabathia has a tendency to get stronger in the later innings, and he still believes Sabathia will throw harder as the season progresses.
Is Sabathia a work in progress, still learning to pitch with this velocity?
No surprise that Sabathia said it didn’t matter.
“No, I feel fine,” Sabathia said. “I just need to pitch better. Bottom line.”
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