Watching CC Sabathia has not brought the same comfort level fans got so used to last season.
With the exception, of his second start this season; Sabathia is just not as dominant pitcher from 2009. That one flash of his better version was against the Tampa Bay Rays, which was almost a no hitter.
He is still safe to go deep into games, as he has pitched less than five innings just once this season.
The biggest difference is, Sabathia’s giving up a lot of hits and all the time.
In 2009, Sabathia gave up 18 home runs and this year that number is already at 12.
His base on balls (walks) is already at 36, which has him on target for around 100 by the end of 2010. Over the 2009 season, Sabathia only walked 67 batters total.
At 61, Sabathia’s strikeouts are right on target as the same time last season he had 64, along with his record of 6-3 being identical. That does provide much comfort, but four of this year’s wins are against the worst team in baseball, the Baltimore Orioles. His last win against another team was on April 16th against the Rangers, which is scary.
If Sabathia is going to be the 19-winning pitcher again and if mirroring last season, we should see a substantial improvement in about two or three starts from now.
It looks as if he has lost his confidence, which is leading to having no mound presence. Sabathia’s control is all over the place, largely on his change-up.
If no unseen changes appear to the Yankees pitching schedule up next Sabathia will face the Phillies, Diamondbacks and Dodgers. All three teams are National League teams, and since Sabathia loves to hit his determination to pitch well will be an incentive to stay in games.
The Yankees, as any other teams heavily rely on the head of their rotation to be an ace. While Sabathia is not a total mess by any definition, he still has to improve.
It would be helpful if the Yankees were hitting better, so their starters would not be under so much pressure.
My hope is that Sabathia’s struggles will be finished by the All-Star break.
My fear is all the innings he has pitched throughout his career are catching up with him.
This is just a waiting game for now.
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