• What’s Wrong With Sabathia?

    Posted by on May 6th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    Here’s one slice on it:

    What is wrong with C.C. Sabathia?

    Jerry Crasnick: …I saw him pitch last week in the Robinson Cano game, and his stuff is just very fringy now. A scout at the game told me that his command almost needs to be perfect, or he’s gonna get whacked. CC is a real warhorse, but he’s thrown a lot of high-stress innings, and all that wear and tear has taken a toll. Whether he’s actually healthy now, we’ll see. But you have to wonder.

    By the way, the Yankees only owe him $73 million after this season.

    It will be $52 million if:

    1) He ends 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury, or
    2) He spends more than 45 days in 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury, or
    3) He only makes five or less relief appearances in 2016 because of a left shoulder injury.

    That’s a lot of money to eat..when you’re going to be eating A-Rod’s money (Remember him?) at the same time.

    Comments on What’s Wrong With Sabathia?

    1. EHawk
      May 6th, 2014 | 12:39 pm

      The thing I don’t get is he has a high strikeout per inning rate and there are plenty of innings he breezes through…it seems that almost every game he pitches he has that one bad inning when he gives up 3 or 4 runs and dooms himself. But in that same chat Crasnick also made this comment:

      Whose contract is the worst? A-Rod, CC, or Uggla?

      Jerry Crasnick (12:37 PM)
      Adam, All different categories. I actually think CC has given the Yankees pretty good value for his contract. If you can’t get 4 or 5 solid seasons out of a pitcher on a 7-year deal, it’s hard to complain.

    2. Mr. October
      May 6th, 2014 | 1:05 pm

      EHawk wrote:

      … I actually think CC has given the Yankees pretty good value for his contract. If you can’t get 4 or 5 solid seasons out of a pitcher on a 7-year deal, it’s hard to complain.

      The New York Yankees signed Sabathia to a $122 million extension in October, 2011, when he had four years and $92 million remaining on his original seven-year, $161 million contract and he could have opted out of the contract to become a free agent and sign with another team.

      Team Cashman will now have a starting pitcher with a .500 record, and an ERA close to 5.00 since March, 2012 earning more than $23 million-per year through 2017 – or money that can not be spent to improve the ballclub in other areas…

    3. Raf
      May 6th, 2014 | 8:29 pm

      EHawk wrote:

      The thing I don’t get is he has a high strikeout per inning rate and there are plenty of innings he breezes through…

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/cc-sabathia-is-doing-some-things-right-believe-it-or-not/#comments

      Mike Petriello wrote:

      But there’s also Sabathia, stuck in third-worst with a 5.75 ERA, and what stands out for him is the 9.74 K/9, along with the 1.99 BB/9, resulting in a 4.89 K/BB, his best since his Cy Young season of 2007.

      If there’s a problem here, it’s the home run and the big inning, which are understandably intertwined. Sabathia’s HR/FB percentage is 21.9, tied for the most in the majors. That is, objectively, bad. But also, it’s maybe not as bad as it sounds. Remember that he’s allowing fewer flyballs, meaning each homer hits this percentage harder.

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