Fresh off another loss, I think it’s safe to say that New York Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia isn’t having the kind of season he might’ve hoped for. He has a 4.65 ERA with nine wins and as many losses. His last two games have been especially ugly; in each he surrendered seven runs on nine hits. What’s worse is that both games ended in a Yankees loss, and both were against division rivals. For the Yankees to have any shot at the postseason, Sabathia needs to step it up.
I think Sabathia’s problem has been the way the Yankees have handled him. He’s pitched 147 innings already this year at an average of 104 pitches per start — good for third in the league. At this rate, the southpaw will have pitched 231 innings. True, Sabathia is known for being a workhorse. But he turned 33 about a week ago, and he already has 2,711 innings under his belt. At this rate, he could throw his arm out very soon, if he hasn’t already. After all, it’s been well documented that his fastball velocity has been an MPH or two slower this year.
The Yankees pitching staff has supposedly found a hiccup in Sabathia’s delivery, one which they hope to remedy before his next start. Hopefully this is the reason for his poor performance this year, and not a deeper issue.