Showing posts with label CC Sabathia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CC Sabathia. Show all posts

Monday, August 23, 2010

It's Good To Be Home

The Notorious C.C.
C.C. Sabathia is tied for the most wins in baseball with 17. He is the best pitcher in baseball right now in my opinion and would have my Cy Young vote.

Of course C.C.'s numbers are impressive but what really jumps out are his stats at home. Sabathia is 9-0 at home this season.  This season his home ERA (2.64) is a whole point lower than his away era (3.55).

With around 7 starts left in the regular season for C.C. it seems almost definite that he will lock up 20 wins for the first time in his career.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

8/17- Tigers at Yankees: Game 118 (SWISH IS PLAYING)

Yankees (72-46) 
  1. Brett Gardner LF
  2. Derek Jeter SS
  3. Mark Teixeira 1B
  4. Robinson Cano 2B
  5. Nick Swisher RF
  6. Jorge Posada C
  7. Marcus Thames DH
  8. Curtis Granderson CF
  9. Ramiro Pena 3B
Pitching: CC Sabathia (15-5, 3.14)

Last appearance: 8/12 at KAN
8.2 IP, 3 ER
Dec = Win 

Tigers (58-60)
  1. Austin Jackson CF
  2. Ramon Santiago 2B
  3. Johnny Damon DH
  4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  5. Jhonny Peralta SS
  6. Ryan Raburn LF
  7. Brandon Inge 3B
  8. Brennan Boesch RF
  9. Gerald Laird C
Pitching: Justin Verlander (13-7, 3.72)

Last appearance: 8/11 vs TAM
6.0 IP, 1 ER
Dec = Win

Monday, March 29, 2010

Baseball is Coming

It has been a long winter. Yankee fans have been graced with another World Championship but that has made me even more excited for the next season. The season kicks off this Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Notorious C.C. will take the hill for the Yanks and it will be interesting to see if he follows the trend of slow starts. For the past few years it takes C.C. a few weeks to get back into the swing of things. With the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry to start the season the fans are begging the big C to come out strong and shut down the Sox. Last year they owned for the first half of the year. I don't know if I can take that again.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gene Monahan

Baseball is like, I suppose, life in that it's usually the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. You know the type. The guy you work with who craves attention, makes the "funny" comment at a meeting and gets the pat on the back for just doing his job. Gene Monahan is not that employee. In fact I would go as far as to say he is just the opposite, the guy who goes about his business treating other players while being the perfect employee and never saying or bringing attention to himself.
Well now he has gone and done it! It was announced Sunday by the Yankees that Monahan will miss "spring training" and maybe parts of the regular season. First time in 47 years with the Yankees he will miss time! This guy is one of those behind the scene employees that work overtime as part of their day and night duties. At the field hours before the players and staying hours after the game is over, Monahan is as much a part of the Yanks as Jeter or Sabathia. Jeter and C.C. have aches and pains like every other player. Who do you think gets them ready to play the day game after the extra inning night game that ended 12 hours ago.? Gene Monahan and Steve Donahue, the assistant trainer.
I will say a prayer for "Geno" and hope you will do this too. Can you even imagine, in 47 years with the Yankees, the things he has scene, the players he has treated and the stories he could tell. He is a walking talking Yankee encyclopedia. I wonder how many book details he has turned down as a loyal Yankee? He knows where the bones are buried and knows which skeletons are in the closet. But, what a book he could write. And what an employee he is and has been. Good luck to Gene on fighting the illness. We are all pulling for him.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

All Eyez On Me

Looks like The Norotious C.C. has a new friend.

Live the life of a boss playa (All Eyez On Me)
cause even gettin high.. .. (All Eyez On Me)
Live the life of a thug n***a, until the day I die
-Randy Winn
I love when we add more brothers to the team. Gives me so many more options.
Here is the original

Friday, November 6, 2009

Yankees Watching LEBRON!!!!

Here are the boys at the Knicks game. Notice the different styles of dress (A-Rod, Melky, Tex). CC and Melky matched their shoes with their shirt. That is very impressive for Melky; he strikes me as a guy who doesn't know what day it is.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Step On Their Throats

The Yankees have taken 3 out of 4 so far from the Sox in a crucial time in the season. The playoffs are looming and the Yankees have improved their lead in the division to a modest 5 and 1/2 games. The Yankees have been playing exceptional ball lately, winning 6 straight and now hold the best record in baseball.

We face the Red Sox again tonight for the final game in the series. Under the ESPN national spotlight it will be Jon Lester vs Andy Pettitte.

As for yesterday's game it was the best game that I have been to all year. C.C. pitched a gem and had killer stuff and we shut down the Sox.

Monday, June 22, 2009

What to do with the pitching?

The entire Al East, including the Yankees, have the day off. This gives them a chance to rest and regroup after the worst stretch of games they've gone through since last August. It also gives us bloggers to gripe about the various problems we see them having. The biggest dissapointment this year has been the rotation.

First, lets look at some FIP's for the rotation.

Sabathia- 3.80

Sabathia has been the only reliable pitcher for the Yankees throughout the year. He would face no challenge to his spot but now he's hurt. We don't know how bad it is. He claims he will make his next start but Girardi isn't quite so sure. Obviously, we hope he can make the start against the Mets. I have no problem with C.C though.

Chamberlain- 4.52

Well, can you believe it? Joba's beent he Yankees second best pitcher. With the way I've heard people talking, I'd though he had suddenly turned into Sidney Ponson and his destroyed, hopeless career could only be salvaged coming out of the bullpen. No, Joba's just a young guy who's going to go through struggles before emerging into the ace he can become. For now though, he's still a solid pitcher who anybody would be happy with at the back-end of the rotation if everybody else was doing their job. You guys know my stance of Joba, if he started challenging guys more and shaking Posada off less, he could take a big step forward.

Pettitte- 4.61

Before his last start, Pettitte had a lot of people worried, including myself. We were hearing whispers about back problems and not seeing many results. However, his last start was about as dominant as Pettitte will be for what's left of his career. I expect Pettitte's numbers to get a bit bettter as the season goes on. I also think that Girardi and co. are going to try and keep him away from Yankee Stadium as much as possible. His numbers are vastly better on the road than at home and I think that would be a big help to him.

Burnett- 4.84

Burnett is not the guy I wanted in the offseason. He had never been the ace some people made him out to be and I still have big injury concerns about him. Watching Burnett nibble and give up runs is painful when Derrek Lowe, who's sinker ball style seems tailor made for Yankee Stadium, has an FIP of 3.42 for the Braves. Burnett's not going to be this bad though. His problem is his ridiculous walk totals. Like Joba, he's a flamethrower that needs to trust his stuff and through the ball in the strikezone. I assume that Eiland, Posada, or Girardi will notice this before long if they haven't already. I'm not positive but I think he's generally better in the second half anyway so I'm sure he'll be all right.

Wang- 6.14

At this point in the season, we have to start considering the possibility that Wang sucks. He's shown very little signs of being the pitcher he was before his injury and I think this next start is going to be his last for a long time unless he can put together a good outing. However, their are encouraging signs. He finally gave the Yankees a quality start last time out and I'm hoping he may have turned a corner. If they could get him going again it would be a huge boost to this team and could trigger a turnaround. Big start for Wang coming up.

So what can the Yankees really do? I guess Wang will get one more start and if he gets hit hard again he'll make way for Phil Hughes. What about the others though? Its tough to see them yanking Burnett from the rotation and anybody else wouldn't really make much sense. We'll jut have to hope that they can magically start pitching better.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Yankees Win

For a little while it looked like the Yankees were going to blow this one. Nobody was surprised when they pulled this one out though. Aside from the Yankees many comeback wins this year, Washington's bullpen is absurdly bad. I really feel bad for the National's few fans, if Ron Villone is pitching key innings for you, you're in big trouble.

C. C. Sabathia turned in another nice start today. The only mistake he made was the home run he gave up to Anderson Hernandez. However, he went deep into the game again and gave up only three runs. It was a long time before he gave up his one walk of the night. The only concern I have is that he only K'ed two guys. So far C. C. has been good and a big innings eater. However, not the ace we have hoped for. Hopefully, he will repeat his second half surge of last year, to some degree. The return of Brian Bruney to get the last out of the eighth was notable and Mariano turned in a typical 1-2-3 inning for the save.

Cano hasn't been hitting lately much at all lately but today may mark the start of a turnaround. If he could get going it would be huge for the Yankees and any time a guy goes 4-4 its a good day. His double at the end of the game essentially put the game away. Texeira also made some nice stretches in the field in contrast to his Washinton counterpart, Nick Johnson, and blasted a HIGH double to left center.

All in all, a nondescript win for the Yankees but still a if they lost it would have put them three behind Boston. Nobody wants to blow the series opener against Washington at home either.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Will We Ever Beat the Red Sox Again?

Coming into this series the Yankees were riding pretty high. They seemed like a new team. After another sweep at the hands of the Red Sox the Yankees are suddenly stripped of any sort of identity. They have somehow managed to lose eight straight (nine?) to their biggest rival and yet remain only one game behind them. They are a confusing team to say the least. They trotted out what some called the best 1-2-3 punch in baseball before the season for this series and still got crushed. Burnett, who was brought in to kill the Red Sox, has done nothing all year and hardly reversed that trend. The only reason people aren't calling for his head is that he's been overshadowed by Wang, who's been covered extensively. Then C.C. Sabathia finally turned in a good performance but was victimized by a thin bullpen and nonexistent offense against Brad Penny.

They have until August before they play Boston again. By that time this team is going to look a lot different. They need to figure things out by then. I really hate to find myself agreeing with Steve Lombardi, but these Yankees don't look like they can handle the AL's top teams. I mean, David Ortiz is getting hits against us. Hopefully, they can just go out and get a win tomorrow.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Yanks Drop Tough One

I didn't get to see the first half of this game so the first thing I saw was Mark Teixeira's bizarre home run, something is wrong when you can break a bat and hit one out. Anyway, this was a tough one to lose after getting eight awesome innings after C.C. The Yankees just ran out of good pitchers and had to go to Brett Tomko. Never a good option.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Life After Death

I honestly can't remember the last time a Yankees pitcher threw a complete game shutout. Maybe Mussina did it a couple times. Anyway, Sabathia finally did exactly what the Yankees signed him for. He ended a far to long losing streak with an absolutely dominating performance and gave the bullpen a desperately needed rest. He was in command the entire game and only walked one while striking out eight. And of course, Alex Rodriguez had to steal the show. In his first at bat back he crushed a ball for a home run to left-field. That gave the Yankees three runs, which was all they needed. Other than that nobody really seemed to stand out, other than the fact that Swisher was definitely not picked off and congratulations to Fransisco Cervelli on a good first game.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Thank god for Melky Cabrera. Obviously, his two home runs were the leading story yesterday. He's hit well when he's played and Gardner hasn't. They need to give him a few starts in center at this point. However, if it wasn't for him the lead story would be C.C. Sabathia's continued struggles. So far, his control has been non-existent. I'm still not worried but its something to keep in the back of the Yankees section of my mind. The bullpen looked fantastic though. They shut down the critics for at least one day.

The Yanks are off to a pretty good start so far and a sweep in the upcoming series vs Boston would be real nice.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Born Again

After New York wanted him dead C.C. is Born Again: 7.2 IP, 6 Ks, 0 BB

Swisher (Season Stats): .538 Avg, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, .625 OBP, 1.385 SLG; Screw Matsui

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

4/11 Yankees at Royals; Game 5

  1. Jeter SS
  2. Swisher LF Damon LF
  3. Teixeira 1B Swisher 1B
  4. Matsui DH
  5. Posada C
  6. Cano 2B
  7. Nady RF
  8. Ransom 3B
  9. Gardner CF
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia.

ROYALS (2-2)
  1. Crisp CF
  2. Callaspo 2B
  3. DeJesus LF
  4. Butler DH
  5. Gordon 3B
  6. Aviles SS
  7. Jacobs 1B
  8. Olivio C
  9. Bloomquist RF
Pitching: LHP Horacio Ramirez.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Yanks Drop Opener As CC Struggles

The Yankees kicked off their much anticipated 2009 season today in Baltimore as CC Sabathia took on Jeremy Guthrie. As I'm sure you all know, the Yankees lost 10-5. CC struggled with command of his fastball and got behind in counts a lot. This is not a good way to pitch, so he got knocked around a little. He started slow last year too, so I'm not going to worry. One positive about this game is that two of the biggest question marks for the Yankees, Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui, each had a home run. The Yankees are off tomorrow, and go after their first win on Wednesday, as Chien-Ming Wang takes on Koji Uehara.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lots of Links

  • A-Rod's rehab is going well he is planning on a workout return in mid April.
  • Yankees released info on the New Yankee Stadium tours.
  • New Stadium Insider has the scoop on NYY Steak
  • C.C. will be gracing the cover of tomorrows issue of SI (right). They are predicting Mets over Angles (Mets!?!).
  • The Yankees star CF Brett Gardner snagged the Dawson award.
  • As reported earlier Bob Shepherd will be missing the start of the season, officially.
  • Sliding Into Home has yet another New Yankee Stadium photo update.
  • Joba pitched very well in his final spring start.
  • The virus Conficker is supposedly going live tomorrow so if the internet explodes here are my last web words: "I Love Adam Dunn".
  • The pitching staff has been set; Albalaledajo got the last spot.
  • The Chuck Knoblog Fantasy League of Champions is still looking for a few more people to play email me:

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Update

  • C.C. has been labeled, not only, as the Opening Day starter but also will pitch the first day in the stadium (April 16th).
  • The beloved old stadium has been slated for an April demolition.
  • Sliding into Home has a wonderful New Yankee Stadium photo update.
  • Bob Sheppard (The Voice of God) will not be reporting to Opening Day.
  • Pete Abe has tons of juicy details in today's game thread. (Jeter led off today)


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Joe Announces Rotation

  • C.C.
  • Wang
  • Burnett
  • Pettitte
  • Joba

  • This is the line-up that I think most Yankee fans were hoping for.

    Thursday, February 19, 2009

    ESPN Talks with C.C., Tex Also Talks

    Update 10:38 PM: Teixeira also talks to the media.