Sabathia is one of the best pitchers in the game and known to have a personality to match.
So far, it has seemed that 2011 has not been the best start for the 30-year-old Sabathia, but he has always been a second-half pitcher. This is evident looking at his career splits, as his numbers are lower post-All-Star break almost across the board in hits, earned runs, home-runs, walks and strikeouts.
(chart from BASEBALLREFERENCE.COM)
Sabathia has made nine starts this season, posting a 3.47 ERA, while giving up 50 hits, 23 earned runs, three home-runs and has walked 21 batters in 53 inning pitched. He does lead the team in strikeouts with 50.
When you look at Sabathia’s first nine starts from 2009-2011, the similarities are comforting but it also clearly shows a pattern. Look at the chart I made below, from stats courtesy of BASEBALLREFERNCE.COM.
Sabathia’s 2011 starts seem a lot worse than they read because he took two losses that he could have won, but the Yankees bats or the bullpen stumbled. Also, his last start against the Boston Red Sox was his poorest thus far, pitching just over 6 innings and giving up six earned runs, a home-run and three walks.
My prediction is to expect a big night for Sabathia tonight down in Baltimore against the Orioles.
- Game 37 Preview: Red Sox vs. Yankees (pinstripealley.com)
- Yanks: No plan to discuss CC’s opt-out clause (sports.espn.go.com)
- The Yankees expect CC Sabathia is going to remain with the Yankees beyond 2011 (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- New York Yankees: Let The Media Manslaughter Begin (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- New York Yankees: Still Too Cold Even For A Hot CC Sabathia (ladylovespinstripes.com)