If I had told you during spring training that 61 games into the regular season, the pitcher with the lowest ERA on the Yankees' starting staff would be CC Sabathia, you would tell me to go get a life. Well folks… C.C. Has officially regained his 2009 form. And some. A resurgent Sabathia dialed back another vintage CC pitching performance, minus the 98 mph gas he used to throw in his prime, tossing seven strong innings of shutout ball while Carlos Beltran continued his torrid hitting to fuel the Yankees’ 4-0 win over the Tigers at the Stadium in the first of a three-game series. The Yanks have now won 5 in a row and are a game above .500.
His ERA for the season is 2.28, shocking considering his ERAs the last three years were 4.78, 5.28 and 4.73. Is it the brace or the rehab stint at the end of the 2015 campaign? Who knows, but he’s defying the odds. And I for one am glad. Despite his lowest rate of strikeouts per nine innings since 2004, Sabathia is in the middle of his best career season by ERA, hits per nine innings and home runs per nine innings. His ERA and HR/9 numbers both come in at third best in the American League. His 0.71 ERA since the beginning of May is better than anyone.
This is a guy who wondered if he had anything left, yet never gave up and showed his determination to get back to his old form and help his team to win. He is a huge part of the recent Yankee resurgence. His new approach to pitching (sliders and other off speed stuff) shows his acceptance that he no longer throws at 97 and 98 anymore, yet he can get batters out. I like this version and so should you. He’s a big part of the Yankee climb back into a playoff contender. Go CC!
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