When I looked this morning, I saw that batters are hitting .298 against CC Sabathia during this spring training, to date.
But, hey, we’re talking spring training here. And, we know that spring training stats cannot be trusted.
However, in the post-season last year, against the Tigers, Sabathia’s WHIP was 2.08 over the three games that he pitched.
But, hey, that’s a very small sample size. That WHIP was fashioned over 8.2 IP. And, you can’t judge a guy on a sample that small.
Yet, over his last 9 starts of the 2011 season, Sabathia faced 268 batters and allowed a BA/OBA/SLG line of: .314/.358/.502 (in 60.6 IP). And, that’s not pretty.
So, add it all up: His last 9 starts of 2011, his 2011 post-season, and, his 2012 spring training. The result is less than “ace” stuff, no?
Still, overall, you cannot count out Sabathia based on these three pieces of the puzzle.
I would wait and see what his ERA is this season on May 1st before making any serious calls for concern.