The New York Yankees have managed to find many different ways to win this season to keep them near the top of the AL East.
Besides the MVP caliber start of Robinson Cano and the resurgence of pick-ups like Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay, the Yanks still have a few old standbys. CC Sabathia is one of those tried and true guys in pinstripes, and he came through again in the final game of the series with the Colorado Rockies.
Sabathia’s outing was shortened by a rain delay, but the big lefty was solid for four innings as he has been most of the year.
He already had the best April in his 13-year career, earning all four of his wins in the opening month as he again leads his team in wins and strikeouts. The most important stat of course is the broad shoulders of Sabathia as he carries the New York pitching staff.
Before the season started many projections were that the big fella was past his prime and he could no longer carry the load as the staff ace.
The bombers didn’t necessarily hit the cover off the ball in the light air of Denver, which one would have suspected, so it was as important as ever that the pitchers stepped up in the hitter’s park.
If for some strange reason the Yankees and Rockies end up in the World Series, it will be comforting to know that the Yanks can pitch a mile high. Especially with the big lefty leading the way, New York would certainly like their chances.