Results for tag: CC Sabathia
Posted by: Joe Auriemma on Aug 29, 2012 at 12:57:29 PM

The Yankees ace, CC Sabathia, is having somewhat of an un-Sabathia-like season. He's already done two stints on the 15-day disabled list, which is strange being that between 2007-2011, he averaged exactly 240 innings pitched and 34 starts per season. He's had stretches where he hasn't been great, yet he does boast an impressive 13-3 record with a somewhat high, but not overly concerning 3.44 E.R.A in 21 starts. When you even delve deeper into the numbers though, he's given up three or more earned runs in 12 of his 21 starts, as opposed to 2011, when he gave up three or more earned runs in just 14 of 33 starts.

He just hasn't gone on that Sabathia run in 2012 where he carries the rotation, is the stopper and the official ace. Last season between June 25 and August 1, he had eight starts

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Posted by: Joe Auriemma on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:12:45 PM

The Yankees are riding high from a home opening weekend that included winning a series against a very good Angels team. The Yankees now stand at 5-4 through the first nine games and welcome the Twins into town for a four-game set.

Freddy Garcia is starting the first game of the series after he turned into Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in Baltimore in his first start. Garcia had five wild pitches after having only four all of the 2011 season. With Andy Pettitte's return to the Bronx looming, Garcia and Hughes certainly have to pitch very well to make their case to stay in the rotation.

“I thought his start the other day was very uncharacteristic of Freddy,” Joe Girardi said in his pregame press conference. “With all of the struggles he had, he really could have

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Posted by: Joe Auriemma on Aug 31, 2011 at 07:48:10 PM

The battle was not only on the mound for the Yankees ace, but it started right at the beginning of the game when John Lackey looked like he hit Curtis Granderson's hand with a pitch. Umpire Ed Rapuano said that wasn't the case and that the pitch hit the bat, not allowing Granderson to take his base. Joe Girardi immediately stormed out of the dugout and argued the call. This would be the first of several instances that the Yankees and Red Sox would not only take offense with an umpire's call, but with each other.

In the bottom of the first, CC Sabathia came right back and hit Jacoby Ellsbury with a pitch. No warnings were issued to either side, and the game went on. The pitch truly just could have gotten away from CC, especially facing one of the league's best hitters. Still, it further

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Posted by: Joe Auriemma on Aug 31, 2011 at 02:54:26 PM

The night epitomized what the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is all about. Game one of the three game set in Boston went to New York, but not before it got chippy between the two teams and the Red Sox made the Yankees ace work his tail off. It was a tug of war, a constant battle of wills that almost resulted in a good ol' baseball brawl. The final score may have read 5-2, but it certainly wasn't indicitive of the type of game that it turned out to be.

The win was important for the Yankees and it now brings them within a half game of the division lead. Not lost in the typical four-hour game between these two teams was the performance of CC Sabathia, who earned his first victory in five tries against the Sox. This was as much of a grind-it-out start as you are ever going to see in baseball. It

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Posted by: Joe Auriemma on Aug 30, 2011 at 01:11:47 PM

By now everyone knows about CC Sabathia's troubles against the Red Sox this season. The numbers are right there in front of the whole world to see. Sabathia is 0-4 in four starts, with a 7.20 ERA, and Boston hitters are pretty much tattooing the big man, posting a .324 batting average against him. What's even more telling is that Sabathia is 17-3 with a 2.40 ERA and just a .234 batting average against in his 24 starts this season versus the rest of the league.

Coming into the season his track record was not even such that you could say that he's struggled in his Yankees career against the Sox. In his first two seasons in Pinstripes, he combined for eight starts against Boston with a 4-1 record, a 3.04 ERA, and Red Sox hitters were just hitting .196 against him.

This rematch is huge.

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Posted by: Joe Auriemma on May 25, 2011 at 11:58:32 AM

Tuesday night's comeback victory was huge for the Yankees. The four runs in the last two innings guaranteed that the team would at least have a chance to win the last series at home before traveling to the West Coast for 10 games.

However, lost in A.J. Burnett's pie celebration to Mark Teixeira after his game winning hit was the performance of CC Sabathia.

Sabathia started the first two innings giving up just one hit, but he faced the minimum six batters. In fact, after a Russell Martin home run in the bottom of the second, he was given a 1-0 lead to work with. That would be the last lead he would have until the walkoff at the end of the night.

In the third and fourth inning, CC struggled. He gave up three singles in the third, leading to a Toronto run and then came back in the fourth

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Posted by: Joe Auriemma on Mar 31, 2011 at 06:27:43 PM

Justin Verlander is not only the Tigers' ace, but he really is one of the best pitchers in the American League. An 18-game winner last season and 37 wins over the last two seasons, the Yankees had their work cut out for them in a battle of staff aces on Opening Day.

Verlander battled in the first and threw 31 pitches, but even when he got into a jam, he came back with an electric fastball that struck out one of the games' premier hitters in Robinson Cano to end the frame.

After an easy second inning and a 1-0 lead, Verlander once again battled, and with two on he threw his only mistake pitch of the afternoon to Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.

“It was a fastball up and in,” Verlander said after the game. “I tried to throw it down and in and it just kind of crept

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