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New York Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia Needs to Step Up

C.C. Sabathia

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 season was a rough one for C.C. Sabathia. The pitcher flirted with a losing season for the first time in his career and looked like a shell of the pitcher that New York Yankees fans had seen over the previous four seasons in pinstripes. His balls lost velocity and forced the 6-foot-7 and 290 pounder to become more of a finesse pitcher. Although he finished with 14 wins, he also recorded career high in losses (13). Whether Sabathia was playing through injuries, lost velocity because of his weight loss or just had a bad season does not matter, the Yankees need him to return to old form as the ace of the rotation in 2014.

With the offseason coming to an end, the Yankees’ starting rotation is still not in concrete. All that is sure is that C.C. needs to step it up. Sabathia has had back to back disappointing seasons. If the Bombers plan on succeeding in 2014, C.C. has to be the ace of the rotation.

In 2013, the Yankees’ No. 2 pitcher, Hiroki Kuroda, was more efficient and effective than Sabathia. Despite much help from his offense, Kuroda was able to record a 3.31 ERA and 11 wins. It is no surprise the Yankees had a disappointing season with their top two pitchers performing below standard.

The Yankees need C.C. to perform at the level fans have come accustomed to. He is one of the highest paid pitchers in the league, and he needs to start playing like it. Sabathia has performed in New York before, now his team needs him to get back to that.

Alex Chitty is a New York Yankees writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.