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Sabathia facing hitters Tuesday

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 21, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CC Sabathia threw a full 36-pitch bullpen today and said he felt strong; his knee felt stable.

Sabathia will travel to Tampa and throw live batting practice on Tuesday. He said the plan is for him to be in a game on Saturday. He doesn’t know when exactly he can be back in the Yankees rotation, but he’s clearly encouraged. Said there’s a significant difference in the way he feels now compared to before the knee procedure.





11 Responses to “Sabathia facing hitters Tuesday”

  1. austinmac June 21st, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I checked out Seth Smith. He can’t hit lefties at all. One would think he would hit better away from Petco but he is the opposite.

  2. mick June 21st, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Good news on CC.
    I can see where that knee took a few MPH off his FB.

  3. MTU June 21st, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Just a quick drive by before heading out.

    Cashman told reporters yesterday that he expects to make a trade or multiple trades between now and the deadline. “Everybody’s making their phone calls,” Cashman said. “There are some big players that are available, but the price tags are going to be extremely high. There might be smaller pieces that can pay big dividends for teams.”


  4. Hankflorida June 21st, 2014 at 10:45 am

    If CC replaces Nuno, the pen is still stressed as the big guy will not be able to challenge hitters and his nibbling will still create an early high pitch count. When Lefty Gomez could not throw at 100 MPH and failed at being a finess pitcher, he said, “I am still throwing as hard as I can but the ball won’t listen.”

  5. bigdan22 June 21st, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Well this is interesting. That’s a pretty hefty bullpen session. I’d say CC is three weeks away.

    This once again, as I pointed out yesterday and as Chip I believe pointed out before, reduces the utility of obtaining a starter. CC replaces Nuno. So then who is available that the Yanks can actually acquire that will significantly out-perform Whitley and Phelps? I’m not sure adding a Hammel is a significant upgrade.

    Once again, we’re back to bullpen. Adding 1-2 high quality relief pitchers will have the biggest positive impact on this team as presently constructed. If the Yanks can do that internally, and I suppose Kelly could be one of those arms, that would be fine but you still have Warren and Betances at risk for over use.

    It terms of acquisitions, what makes the most sense to me is adding one big bullpen arm and a hitter to replace Soriano. Again, if you can do that internally all the better. But unless you are going to send Solarte down, I don’t see an infield acquisition in the picture. I don’t see the Yanks releasing Johnson and Roberts is this team’s starting 2b as long as he’s healthy.

    Sure will be interesting to see what CC has. I think we’ll find out soon.

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock June 21st, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Hurry back C. Nuno must be put out of his misery vs LHB.

  7. austinmac June 21st, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Solarte may not be too far from being sent down.

  8. bigdan22 June 21st, 2014 at 11:00 am

    If there were some way to add Huston Street that would be a game changer. With that type of bullpen the Yanks could win the division and actually be dangerous in the playoffs. The offense would just have to be mediocre.

    You’d make Street the closer and move Drob back to the 8th. That leaves Betances as the true late inning assassin usable in only the most dangerous fires. He wouldn’t have to throw two innings anymore and that would be a huge benefit because you wouldn’t have to worry about over-use. You still have Warren for the 6th and 7th. Find one more decent RP (Kelly) and now who cares if the starters only go 5-6.

    Bullpen is the key. Always has been.

  9. Hankflorida June 21st, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Bigdan, I buy into the concept of shortening the game like Stanton, Nelson, Rivera and Wettland did, but in order for that to work, you need another starter to join Tanaka in giving the team distance and CC or Pineda will not do it because of pitch counts. Phelps and Whitley depend on the kindness of Umps who have wider strike zones and do need some blowouts to allow them to center the ball and not have every pitch count. That is why the offense has to become more clutch and like the O’s and hit .280 with RISP.

  10. alabamayankee June 21st, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I’m not at all convinced that CC will be a major improvement over Nuno. Until proven otherwise, CC is a has-been.

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock June 21st, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Nuno’s numbers would be even worse than they are if Girardi didn’t come to get him so early in his NYS starts.

    The guy is yielding a .656 slug against LHB at home and .614 overall at home. He’s been rescued by big ballparks on the road, but can’t survive at NYS, which means he does not provide any advantage there as a LHSP. He is lasting under 5.0 IP per start at home. If it’s a SSS it’s because they don’t dare leave this guy in too long.

    C at least had the excuse of injury/weakness. He is much better vs. LHB, and if he is really feeling that much better, we can probably entertain some cautious optimism that he will rebound somewhat against RHB.

    Bottom line: CC Sabathia is better than Vidal Nuno. Can’t wait to get him back.

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