The New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia was able to bounce back after a poor stretch. This is certainly encouraging for the Yankees.
To start the season, Sabathia was pitching well for the Yankees. For the most part, Sabathia did well for the Yankees in 2016, and it looked like he was carrying that into 2017. While he may not be an ace anymore, Sabathia has worked hard to re-invent himself as a pitcher.
In his first three starts, Sabathia only allowed three earned runs, and he picked up two wins for his efforts. His 1.47 ERA at the time we knew wouldn’t last, but it was encouraging to see him pitching so well.
After that good stretch, Sabathia began to struggle. Starting against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sabathia allowed four earned runs in five innings and suffered his first loss of the season. In the loss, Sabathia was hurt by the home run ball, as the Pirates hit two against him.
In his following start, Sabathia continued to have problems keeping the ball in the park. Against the Baltimore Orioles, he allowed two more home runs, and the Orioles tagged him for seven runs.
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Even though he really struggled at the end of April, he was still able to total a respectable 4.34 ERA for the month. However, things didn’t improve for Sabathia to start May. Against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sabathia lasted just four innings and allowed six runs. The following start, Sabathia had his fourth straight poor performance, as he allowed five earned runs against the Cincinnati Reds.
On Tuesday, it was hard to have much faith in Sabathia. However, he came through for the Yankees with one of his best starts of the season. In 6.2 innings, Sabathia didn’t allow a run, and he only surrendered five hits and two walks.
This was certainly an encouraging sight for the Yankees. If they are going to sustain their hot start, Sabathia has to be a contributor in the rotation.