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Monday, May 27, 2013

CC Sabathia: ‘I’m hurting the team’

With the first words out of his mouth following Sunday’s 8-3 Yankees loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, CC Sabathia wrote his own headline.

“I’m hurting the team,” the Yankees’ ace said after being racked up for a season-high seven earned runs, including a pair of two-run homers, in seven innings.

Sabathia didn’t sound frustrated or puzzled or angry.

He sounded dejected.

“I’m not helping the team out,” he said. “I just need to get better.”

Sabathia’s record of struggles at Tropicana Field are not new; since becoming a Yankee, he is 3-10 here with a 4.08 ERA and hasn’t won in this ballpark in more than three years. Nor is his track record of slow starts.

But rarely has Sabathia endured a run of futility, both at The Trop and in one month, as he did Sunday and in May 2013. Sunday’s game closed out a month in which he went 0-2 with three no-decisions and carried an ERA of 4.80. Overall, he is 4-4, 3.96, and his velocity, which everyone was sure would creep back into the low-to-mid-90s by now, remains mired in the 89-91 range.

When the media was allowed into the Yankees’ clubhouse following the game, Sabathia and pitching coach Larry Rothschild were huddled in conversation at his locker, the subject of which both men preferred to keep private.

But clearly, there is concern over the way Sabathia has pitched so far this season, and the fact that rather than improve over time, he might even be regressing.

Thanks to Los.

Repoz Posted: May 27, 2013 at 06:49 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Big Train Rollin' Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:21 AM (#4452873)
I'm hurting...I just need to get better

   2. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: May 27, 2013 at 01:23 PM (#4453020)
For a supposedly catastrophic month, 4.80 ERA is pretty good!!
   3. MikeTorrez Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:56 PM (#4453063)
To be fair, CC hasn't ever really pitched that well at the Trop. And before last night's game he was 4-3 with a 3.43 ERA and a K/9 of about 8. He's not as dominant as he was before, but he was still solid.

Also he had elbow surgery in the off-season. Not sure why the drop in velocity is all that surprising.
   4. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 27, 2013 at 06:33 PM (#4453194)
A quick and dirty check shows his WHIP at it's highest since he was 23 and his K/9 is down a little. However, he's done well before with a K/9 in the mid 7's. The BB/9 is pretty steady, of course the BB/K is pretty normal; it just looks like guys are hitting him like never before. Obviously the lack of velocity is making things a little easier for batsman, however I wouldn't describe his current month as "run of futility"

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