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Yankees postgame: Sabathia frustrated

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 12, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CC SabathiaCC Sabathia had a lot of reasons to be frustrated. He pitched a good game overall, seven innings — four runs, six hits, nine Ks, two walks — but he pitched a bad sixth inning, giving up all four of the runs and four of the hits. He felt he let his emotions get the best of him in this 4-2 loss to the Red Sox, frustrating him the most. You can see his reaction above as he walked off the mound following the third out in the sixth.

The Yankees had a 1-0 lead going into the sixth and Sabathia had a one-hit shutout. Then he gave up a leadoff homer to Jonny Gomes. OK, it happens.

One out later, he gave up a checked-swing infield hit to Big Papi Ortiz. OK, that doesn’t usually happen. It made Sabathia angry. He lost his focus and he lost the game.

“Usually I’m able to stay even keel and not let that get to me, not let that frustrate me,” Sabathia said. “Next thing I know, it’s 3-0 on Napoli before I even calmed down. That’s something that I did when I was in my 20s and younger. I have to get better.”

Mike Napoli singled, and Grady Sizemore, Sabathia’s old friend from Cleveland, launched a slider for a three-run homer to right for the 4-1 lead.

“I was just frustrated,” Sabathia said. “I kind of rushed through and left the pitch hanging.”

So Sabathia is 1-2 with a 6.63 ERA after three starts.

Joe Girardi said: “He hasn’t thrown that poorly.”

Girardi also said: “I think it’s fair to say any time a guy has less velocity, there’s less margin for error.”

Sabathia said he just hasn’t put a full game together.

“I’m light years ahead of where I was last year,” Sabathia said. “I still have some work to do.”

Ichiro Suzuki went 2 for 4, so he has hit safely in all four of his starts, going 8 for 17. That’s .471.

Game 3 of this four-game series is scheduled for 1:05 Saturday. The matchup is Hiroki Kuroda vs. John Lackey.

Photo by The Associated Press.

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61 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Sabathia frustrated”

  1. J. Alfred Prufrock April 12th, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Tar April 12th, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Yeah pitch 17 and the last pitch (19) McCann called for an outside FB, you can’t see any movement from Dellin but McCan quickly changes it.

    I think it takes guts for Dellin to do that, especially because of the situation.
    ///

    Thanks for the great detail, I will stay awake until the ninth and watch the whole thing again, sans the adrenaline ;)

  2. J. Alfred Prufrock April 12th, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Mean, stay awake until I can see the ninth.

  3. J. Alfred Prufrock April 12th, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Hate to see C down like this.

    He’ll bounce back.

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock April 12th, 2014 at 12:27 am

    ‘night all

  5. BoJo April 12th, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Some day the Yankees are going to have to trade CC to make room for some of the young arms coming up. Now is not the right time as Pineda, Tanaka, and Kuroda may be tired by August…and the prospects aren’t yet crashing the door in…but the day is coming.

  6. yankeefeminista April 12th, 2014 at 12:30 am

    This picture of C is painful to look at. However, I still think he pitched pretty good and will pitch even better. He just can’t make the big mistake and have it hurt so much. But this offense is also nothing to write home about.

    Tar, thanks for the info on Betances.

    Good night, Pruf, Tar, et al.

  7. yankeefeminista April 12th, 2014 at 12:30 am

    ‘Night, Bojo.

  8. Tar April 12th, 2014 at 12:31 am

    “Sabathia said he just hasn’t put a full game together.”

    That’s it in a nutshell. And when he has that bad inning it seems to more often than not cost him the ball game.

    On the other side of the coin…I just don’t see our hitters crushing mistakes from the opposing pitchers. It’s still really early, but this offense doesn’t seem to have an identity yet.

    Joe is resting people a lot this year. I do think that will pay-off down the road, but right now I think it’s hard for them to find a rhythm. Another middle of the order bat wouldn’t hurt either.

  9. BoJo April 12th, 2014 at 12:31 am

    CC is no longer the pitcher I would trust in cold October weather in a close play-off series. Heck, he never really was anyway IMO. Always have said we need power arms who perform well in cold weather.

  10. BoJo April 12th, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Night YF

  11. BoJo April 12th, 2014 at 12:35 am

    I wonder if the Angels would take CC for Josh Hamilton. Gives us the bat we need, and opens a #5 spot for Phelps or Nuno.

  12. Tar April 12th, 2014 at 12:37 am

    JAP and YF honestly I figured everyone caught it. And of course no problem at all.

    I was kind of intent and very curious on watching what McCann was going to call.

    Good night everyone, unfortunately I have to work tomorrow ( long day)…so catch everyone on Sunday.

  13. Jerkface April 12th, 2014 at 12:38 am

    It’s still really early, but this offense doesn’t seem to have an identity yet.

    I think that the identity of this offense might be… the unidentified offense. With so many moving parts in the lineup I don’t think it will ever have a true identity, and with no big bats in the bunch its hard for it to really take hold. Without a significant addition to the lineup the way I see this team winning is by the pitching keeping it close and the bullpen shutting the door when the offense deigns to hand over a lead.

    I’d much prefer the 2009 or earlier teams who were never out of games no matter the score. This team doesn’t seem built to come back. But if the pitchers keep it close I can see this team scratching and clawing.

  14. Tar April 12th, 2014 at 12:40 am

    And yeah that pic above is painful to look at. See ya bojo

  15. SweetSpot April 12th, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Sabathia has a no trade clause.

  16. Jerkface April 12th, 2014 at 12:44 am

    CC had 15 games where he gave up 3 runs or less last year. Including a 7 inning shut out. He is going to have some good games this year. Last year though he had 11 games where he gave up 5 or more runs. Even when he puts it all together for a start, I don’t know if we can even trust it until he does it consistently at this point. The stuff has degraded to such a point and he is coming off his worst year since he came to the majors that he doesn’t really get the benefit of the doubt. Its up to him to adjust, not for the fans to patiently wait out his troubles. Don’t have to kill the guy, but temper expectations.

    I hope Kuroda, Tanaka, and Pineda pitch very well until CC figures it out, and if he doesn’t, then may those 3 continue to pitch well!

    Nova getting back on track would be good too. The Yankees are in serious losing streak territory if Tanaka, Kuroda, and Pineda all have off days in the same turn through the rotation, because right now the odds are against wins in Nova/CC starts imo.

  17. BoJo April 12th, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Luckily, the team’s roster isn’t really set until August.

  18. Tar April 12th, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I agree JF… pretty much how I see it as well. It would be a nice surprise if Cash went out and got us another bat… but I doubt it. G/N

  19. BoJo April 12th, 2014 at 12:46 am

    No trade clauses just mean bonus to accept a trade, and going home to CA would seem to be acceptable if I had to guess.

  20. SweetSpot April 12th, 2014 at 12:46 am

    The Yankees offense could explode at any time . . . . Ellsbury, Beltran, Soriano and McCann are going to click before to long. They are too good not to.

  21. BoJo April 12th, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Nite Tar.

  22. SweetSpot April 12th, 2014 at 12:48 am

    I think from everything I’ve read Sabathia and his wife love New York plus he’s from Vallejo in my neck of the woods; I don’t think Southern California would have any appeal for him.

  23. BoJo April 12th, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I don’t see this as a play-off team…YET. But then again, there is still plenty of time and I do expect Cashman to pick up the needed pieces before the play-off rosters have to be set.

  24. Jerkface April 12th, 2014 at 12:49 am

    All 4 of those guys are .800 OPS bats or less. The odds of any group of batters clicking at the same time decrease as the OPS of the individual batters approaches zero. If they clicked for so long they wouldn’t be .800 OPS guys.

    They’d be .900-1.000 OPS guys and none of them are it. its going to be a slog this year. When those guys ARE hitting the Yankees really have to make it count. When a couple of guys get hot the pitchers have to be ready. Theres no guy in the lineup that is going to average a .900 OPS month to month.

  25. SweetSpot April 12th, 2014 at 12:54 am

    They are all great players, all-stars and can get sizzling hot at any time and sustain it for quite a while. Look at what Soriano did last year when he was on fire. They don’t all have to do it at the same time, I see little possibility that those four won’t click.

  26. BoJo April 12th, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I also expect that Girardi will find the right batting order.

    Perhaps something like:

    Ellsbury
    Gardner
    Jeter
    Beltran
    Soriano
    McCann
    Tex
    Johnson/Sizemore/Solarte
    Roberts/Solarte

    If they have to build runs, let Ellsbury get a chance to steal bases…

  27. SweetSpot April 12th, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Last year Soriano had a four-game stretch where he had 12 hits and 18 RBI’s in four-games. He had
    four three-hit games in a row.

  28. Jerkface April 12th, 2014 at 1:02 am

    No one is doubting their ability to have a nice series or a nice week, but they probably have to win 90+ games and that requires more than just hitting nicely in 4 games. At the end of the year Soriano had a sub .800 OPS. He hit .239 outside of that 4 game series with a sub .300 OBP. That means that more than 2/3rds of the time he made an out.

  29. SweetSpot April 12th, 2014 at 1:09 am

    The four games was just an example and individual OPS stats don’t always tell the story it’s a team game and if he goes 0-12 and Ellsbury and Beltran go 8-12 and they get good pitching it doesn’t matter what Soriano did. The point is that those four guys have the ability to get hot and they don’t all have to do it every day at the same time. Soriano had 17 home runs and 58 RBI’s in 1/3 of a season with the Yankees.

  30. JimK April 12th, 2014 at 1:10 am

    The team does not have an identity is the same thing I posted Friday to an underwhelming response as everyone was caught up in the ridiculous pine tar non-issue. It just makes it very apparent that on this blog, I am “A Stranger in a Strange Land,” and it is quite apparent that since “something is happening here, but “I” don’t what it is,” my user name should be “Dylan’s Mr. Jones.”
    However, I take some joy in the fact that at least NYT’s columnist, Doug Glanville, is basically on the same page as me:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04.....ef=opinion

    But then again, maybe my posts are just boring, and I should start fresh by continually posting antagonistic, belittling comments, and wait for the ultimate glory of being banned forever from this cite( for the intellectually challenged this is called sarcasm, but then again maybe not).

    Sincerely,

    Dylan’s Mr. Jones writing from the “Gates of Eden.”

  31. pete2 April 12th, 2014 at 1:31 am

    The offense should be better at some point. How much better (league average or above average) depends on if Tex can return to form when he comes back from the DL.

    Pitchers might have caught up to Solarte. He is 0 for his last 9 AB. Lets see if he can adjust to the off speed stuff.

  32. UnKnown April 12th, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Jerkface April 11th, 2014 at 10:50 pm
    mick you just don’t understand that some fans have more passion than others, as a more casual fan you’re able to roll with the punches because you don’t really care about the outcomes, but please leave the hardcore fans alone.
    ————-

    10000000000000 MILLION TIMES THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have been searching for a way to put into words what needs to be said when the “Aw shucks, tomorrow is another day” crowd comes with their condescending B.S. Well my search is over.

    The whole Pollyanna crowd needs to just realize that they just are not that big of fans. END OF STORY!

  33. bbb51 April 12th, 2014 at 2:42 am

    The picture isn’t painful for me to look at and I don’t care if he gets mad.

    What is painful is watching him pitch.

    Hopefully he can eek out a .500 record and the other 4 starters can carry the team.

  34. Wang IS Taiwan April 12th, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Hi JimK,

    Your posts are not boring. Sometimes it just takes hanging around for a while and letting people get to know you through your posts.

    Thanks for the link!

  35. Wang IS Taiwan April 12th, 2014 at 3:12 am

    UnKnown April 12th, 2014 at 1:52 am

    AMEN. I get so tired of hearing how one should behave as an “appropriate Yankee fan” on this site. It’s ridiculous.

    We’re all different in our reactions — deal.

  36. bbb51 April 12th, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Oddly, in the AL East every team has scored within 2 runs of each other, while the Yankees have allowed the most runs.

    Yankees have 2nd worst run differential in AL.

  37. RadioKev April 12th, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I think that the identity of this offense might be… the unidentified offense. With so many moving parts in the lineup I don’t think it will ever have a true identity, and with no big bats in the bunch its hard for it to really take hold. Without a significant addition to the lineup the way I see this team winning is by the pitching keeping it close and the bullpen shutting the door when the offense deigns to hand over a lead.

    I’d much prefer the 2009 or earlier teams who were never out of games no matter the score. This team doesn’t seem built to come back. But if the pitchers keep it close I can see this team scratching and clawing.
    —————

    It’s still early. The 2009 Yankees went 12-10, 17-11, and back down to 15-11 before stepping on the gas for the rest of the season.

    Jerkface, you’re probably right, we don’t have a superstar, .900 OPS position player on the team. It’s still too early to tell if that will define the team, or if they collectively play at a high level and scrap it out like the Oakland A’s last season.

    I expect McCann and Beltran to pick it up. Hopefully Tex is back soon and chips in. So far I’m liking Kelly Johnson. Brian Roberts seems like he’s finished, despite always having a good at bat and playing good defense. Roberts isn’t useless, but he really needs to show something with the bat if he’s going to be the starting 2B.

  38. RadioKev April 12th, 2014 at 6:48 am

    And the standings aren’t worth looking at right now. The best record in the league? The Brewers.

  39. blake April 12th, 2014 at 7:00 am

    CC pitched well enough to win……Lester pitched better and the yanks scored 2 runs……you’re not gonna win many games scoring 2 runs.

    For the love of humanity can we just make Betances the closer until DRob gets back or at least get him into more games ….it’s time……he has BY FAR the best stuff out there……I mean it’s not close

  40. RadioKev April 12th, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Yankees probably want Betances to get a little more big league experience before giving him a higher leverage role. I think that’s fair. You don’t want to mess with his confidence at this point.

  41. blake April 12th, 2014 at 7:09 am

    RadioKev says:
    April 12, 2014 at 7:02 am
    Yankees probably want Betances to get a little more big league experience before giving him a higher leverage role. I think that’s fair. You don’t want to mess with his confidence at this point.

    I get that but this is sorta a unique situation …..and he’s already gotten his feet wet a little bit. I’m just a big proponent of sending the relievers with the best stuff out there……he’s has one little hiccup in Toronto but has been fantastic pretty much since day 1

  42. Poetkiosk April 12th, 2014 at 7:18 am

    This game is also on the offense ….wow our hitters aren’t very good right now and like many have said you don’t see it getting much better…these guys are playing to the back of their baseball card

  43. MTU April 12th, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Good morning.

    CC proved he is human by letting his emotions get the better of him.

    He knows he has to control that better.

    So hopefully he will.

    As JG said, his margin for error is diminished now.

    Like to see Nova get back on track too.

  44. RadioKev April 12th, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I don’t have a problem with it right now, I guess. Kelley had a bad outing. We’ll see if that continues. Robertson should be back soon. I’m very skeptical that Joe would give the closer role to a rookie in the second week of the season.

    Betances has been good, though. It would be nice if we could get Jose Ramirez in there this season too.

  45. Melkmanisinhotlanta April 12th, 2014 at 7:24 am

    CC needs to find his inner Andy Pettite or he will be attending Cleveland old timer’s days quoting carpe diem to the rookie yoots.

  46. MTU April 12th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Catch you all later.

    Have a good one.

    :)

  47. RadioKev April 12th, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Take care MTU

  48. Yankee Trader April 12th, 2014 at 7:31 am

    The 2009 Yankees went 12-10, 17-11, and back down to 15-11 before stepping on the gas for the rest of the season.
    ———————————————-
    Cashman called a team meeting after Tommy Hanson, a rookie, shut them down in a June game in Hotlanta.

    This team needs to start hitting with runners in scoring position. The Shift is just killing McCann, who probably has faced it more times this season than when he was with the Braves.

  49. Yankee Trader April 12th, 2014 at 7:32 am

    MTU

    Quick visit. Have a great day.

  50. RadioKev April 12th, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Maybe McCann doesn’t feel comfortable at the plate without his beard.

  51. blake April 12th, 2014 at 7:36 am

    CC gave up one more run than Tanaka in 7 innings…….to be honest I’ll take 30 starts of 7 innings and 4 runs from Sabathia at this point. Again you’re not gonna win many games if you only score 2 runs

  52. joeman April 12th, 2014 at 7:36 am

    just saying Gardner is on a 200 K pace for the season….crazy for the type of hitter he is

  53. blake April 12th, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I mean he K’d 9 guys too……they didn’t lose because of CC yesterday…..

  54. blake April 12th, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Solarte is coming back to reality a little now…..

  55. joeman April 12th, 2014 at 7:41 am

    there is no other team in the majors that would have given Gardner that contract….there are dozens of Gardners in the minors that can do what he does

  56. Yankee Trader April 12th, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Blake-

    Watching the game last night, didn’t you have that uneasy feeling that CC and the Yankees would “fork” over that 1-0 lead?

    BTW, Joel Hanrahan will be pitching/showcasing for interested teams next week

  57. joeman April 12th, 2014 at 7:43 am

    in a couple of more weeks Solarte will crash completely

  58. RadioKev April 12th, 2014 at 7:43 am

    joeman April 12th, 2014 at 7:36 am
    just saying Gardner is on a 200 K pace for the season….crazy for the type of hitter he is
    ————-

    Some of those strike outs will turn into walks. He sees a lot of pitches, that’s his game.

  59. joeman April 12th, 2014 at 7:46 am

    RadioKev April 12th, 2014 at 7:43 am
    joeman April 12th, 2014 at 7:36 am
    just saying Gardner is on a 200 K pace for the season….crazy for the type of hitter he is
    ————-

    Some of those strike outs will turn into walks. He sees a lot of pitches, that’s his game.
    ———————————————
    OK

  60. Yankee Trader April 12th, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Blake

    The home plate umpire had a pretty wide strike zone last night. the Yankees struck out 9 times, the Sox 13 times.

  61. Yankee Trader April 12th, 2014 at 7:54 am

    New Post——>

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