June 10, 2010

CC owns Orioles, no one else. Problem?

A tweet from a Yankees beat last night mentioned how good CC Sabathia has been against the Orioles this season. And how bad he’s been against everyone else.

The 6-foot-7, 290-pounder is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA against Baltimore and 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA against everyone else. That looks really bad, considering the Orioles are the worst team in baseball. Should we be worried about the ace? I don’t think so. He has plenty of excuses.

  • He’s had a tough schedule. Three starts against Boston, and one vs. the Rays, Tigers and Mets. That leaves three starts against mediocre teams. It’s still early, people.
  • It’s been raining. I don’t have the numbers, but it has rained for many of Sabathia’s starts. Rain is no fun to pitch in. CC’s from California; he likes hot weather.
  • Eight of his 13 starts have come on the road. He’s still perfect at home, folks (3-0, 2.91), it’s just the road starts that have killed him.

Some counterpoints…

  • He needs to lose weight. Sure, he’s overweight, but he has been his entire career and he’s done just fine.
  • He’s making $23 million. Yeah, he’s overpaid, but everything’s expensive in New York (so I’ve learned).
  • He needs to get his mechanics right. This I have no counter for. The Yankees have said that was hurting him earlier this year, I haven’t seen problems at all. If this is his problem, Dave Eiland needs to come back (when he’s done taking care of whatever he’s taking care of) and get him right.
Bottom line: It’s good news the only starter off his game right now is the ace because he has the best chance of turning it around.

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