CC Sabathia‘s job security for the Bronx Bombers last season wasn’t just a consideration or a question mark it appeared to be a given and eventually inevitable. From 2013 through 2015, the former dominating southpaw pitched to a 4.81 ERA (121st among 132 qualified starting pitcher in that time period) registering a 4.40 FIP (118th, below the MLB Mendoza line). ) The lefty was seemingly always injured, underwent treatment for alcoholism and suffered more poor performances than successful ones.
The deception of C.C’s delivery, his health and his decreased velocity appeared to be too much for the former Cy Young winner and staff ace to overcome. His 23-27 record from 2013-15, throwing elbow surgery to remove a bone spur in October 2012 in combination with now having to wear a brace on his right knee, since July 2014, made the veteran more of a liability than an asset to the New York Yanks rotation.
It is fair to say that his substance abuse issues are behind him, he is healthy, body and mind, and is once again executing like he did from 2010 and 2011, on a consistent basis.
Sabathia, who turns 37 years old today, has won six of his last seven decisions and his performance against the AL East first-place Red Sox in his last start was over-the-top good. The left-hander blanked Boston on two hits over six innings in just his second start since returning from a hamstring injury.
Sabathia is 13-6 with a 2.64 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 26 career starts against the Mariners and the Yankees offense should have their way with young Andrew Moore on Friday night, even at pitcher-friendly Safeco Field in Seattle.
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