Results for tag: CC Sabathia
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 27, 2011 at 02:06:53 AM

As CC Sabathia was easing through another lineup, this time the nine men for the Seattle Mariners, one number kept piling up and it wasn't hits. As the strikeouts continued and the hits remained non-existent a phone call was made after Franklin Guttierez struck out looking for the final out of the fifth. It was a quick, yet a direct phone conversation and perhaps similar to other conversations or text message exchanges and it went like this:

Me: Are you watching the Yankee game?

Other end:  No, I’m watching a movie.

Me: Well you might want to put the game on.

Other end: Why?

Me: Well, Sabathia has one of those games. Actually he has one of thooose games going on.

Other end: Oh, I got what you’re saying, thanks for alerting me.

One of those with an added emphasis

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 6, 2011 at 12:56:31 AM

Every time CC Sabathia takes the mound at Yankee Stadium, his song of choice is Notorious B.I.G's hit "Big Poppa". Even with some lyrics that probably can't be repeated here, it has a beat of serenity and calmness that signals things will be all right or in recent cases - more than all right.

That is an appropriate theme for one of the most laid-back personalities in the game, the type who will freely roam around the clubhouse joking around with teammates in the hours before starts.

Many times, the kind of pitching display that Sabathia has put on gets overshadowed by things such as the inconsistencies of A.J. Burnett or the developmental obstacles of Phil Hughes. It's like a former boss once said in Jersey City - nobody says anything unless you do something wrong - and nowadays that

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 6, 2011 at 12:36:00 AM

What you witnessed from the Yankees was a rare thing these days and that is not just a series victory against the Angels in Anaheim.

The rarity is the Seattle-Oakland-Anaheim trip and making all those stops on the same trip. That trip is rarity because of things like having to play six series against division rivals and having to play interleague games.

The unbalanced schedule has been in place since 2001 and interleague play has existed since 1997, meaning that the three city West Coast trip is mostly a thing of the past. It usually gets combined with something strange like Chicago-Seattle-New York, which the Yankees did in 2007 or Anaheim-Seattle-Toronto, which the Yankees will do in the middle of September.

The last time the Yankees had a trip that actually was scheduled in this manner

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 21, 2010 at 02:00:26 AM

The phrase “bend but don’t break” gets thrown around a lot by managers, pitchers, teammates and others.  There really is not a set definition or criteria for accomplishing that type of outing.

As the Yankees faced the first of three elimination games, they turned to their ace CC Sabathia. Pitching on normal rest for the first time in postseason and second time in an elimination game, Sabathia did not dominate.

He survived, did not break and his line of 11 hits and two runs showed that. It is such a rare feat in postseason that Sabathia is the sixth to allow at least that many hits and that few runs.

So how exactly did Sabathia achieve this feat? For one thing, he did not walk anybody so he had just 11 guys on base from the hits. He also had two double plays, three

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 20, 2010 at 01:33:21 PM

Today is October 20 and the first of three potential elimination dates for the Yankees, who are now without first baseman Mark Teixeira (strained hamstring).

So that means Robinson Cano bats third. Cano is the only Yankee hitting really well and in limited action as a third-place hitter, he is 7-for-19 with a home run and eight RBI in five games.

"The way Robby has been swinging, we just talked about getting him more at-bats and moving him up," manager Joe Girardi said.

A year ago on this date, everything clicked for the Yankees, who pushed the Angels to the brink of elimination with a 10-1 victory. CC Sabathia allowed one run and five hits in eight innings and Alex Rodriguez drove in three and hit his third home run of the series.

Sabathia takes the mound this afternoon and has not

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 20, 2010 at 04:04:09 AM

Don't push me cause I'm close to the edge, I'm trying not to lose my head, - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

That is one of the lyrics to one of the more famous songs of 1980s hip-hop. It is a song about more serious social problems that pale in comparison to professional sports.

Since this is about the Yankees it is somewhat appropriate to the situation facing the Yankees at this afternoon.

The Yankees are at the edge as they face a three games to one deficit after getting manhandled by the Rangers. Now the question is will they lose their head (in this case meaning the 2010 season).

It does not look good, especially when Mark Teixeira is lost for the year with a strained right hamstring. It does not look good when an offense is 6-for-39 with runners in scoring position. It

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 23, 2010 at 06:10:04 PM

Today is September 23 and obviously the big story is the matchup between CC Sabathia and David Price.

The last time this matchup occurred it became a phenomenal game. On Sept. 13 at Tampa Bay, the Rays took a 1-0 victory decided in the 11th inning on a Reid Brignac home run off Sergio Mitre.

Sabathia went eight innings and allowed two singles while issuing two walks and nine strikeouts. Price also went eight and allowed three base hits while issuing two walks and striking out four.

Last year they faced each other on the final weekend of the season in a series that had little consequence. Like the start on Sept. 13, Sabathia was denied his 20th win as he allowed nine runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings. Price ended 2009 at 10-7 by allowing one run and two hits in seven innings.


Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 8, 2010 at 01:05:22 AM

Earlier we made note of the men who had reached 20 victories this early.  It was researched and written with the belief that CC Sabathia would get it.

Various signs seemed to the point to that event occurring.  Things such as Sabathia owning a 13-1 record over the Orioles, an undefeated streak of 21 games at Yankee Stadium that equaled Whitey Ford’s record and just his overall dominance.

With the history against the Orioles, that proved irrelevant because none of those previous teams were managed by Buck Showalter.  There is no doubt Showalter is delighted that his team has a chance to sweep.

Besides sweeping the team that Showalter managed 15 years ago, the Orioles have continued playing well and are a team that can be viewed.

The last time the Yankees faced the

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 7, 2010 at 05:27:57 PM

If you have a ticket for tonight’s game, you might witness CC Sabathia become the fourth Yankee to win 20 games this early since 1961.  It is hard to believe Sabathia has yet to reach 20 and even manager Joe Girardi is stunned.

"A little bit (surprised),” Girardi said. "There’s a lot of things that have to go right to have to win 20 games.  You just can’t be a dominant pitcher.  When you’re a guy like CC, most of the time you’re going to be matched up against the ace and you’re going to lose some games, 2-1, 3-2 and 1-0."

For the record, Sabathia pitched in a 2-1 win at Dodger Stadium June 25 and has pitched in 16 games decided by three runs or less.

In terms of CY Young voting, Sabathia would have Girardi’s vote as the manager