• Is CC Sabathia Cooked?

    Posted by on March 30th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    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.

    Comments on Is CC Sabathia Cooked?

    1. jerryran
      March 30th, 2012 | 11:49 am

      textbook non-story story. Good job.

    2. Raf
      March 30th, 2012 | 12:59 pm

      Stupid 6 man rotation…

    3. KPOcala
      March 30th, 2012 | 2:19 pm

      Isn’t the common story that more established pitchers work on adding new twists to their arsenal during spring training?

    4. #15
      March 30th, 2012 | 3:02 pm

      There was a night last year with CC on the bump; can’t recall the date or the opponent, but there were two rain delays. He was lights out that night and it looked like he might throw a perfecto for a while. He eventually got pulled after giving up a hit or two. To my eye, he wasn’t the same after that game.

      I don’t know how valid May 1 is as a yardstick. CC is generally better when it gets warmer.

    5. redbug
      March 30th, 2012 | 4:48 pm

      May 1 would be a good date to check, but I do think that 6 man rotation hurt him.

    6. March 30th, 2012 | 5:07 pm

      @ redbug:
      @ Raf:

      His splits from last year, in terms of Days Rest Between Starts:

      I       Split  W L  ERA GS    IP  BF  WHIP SO/9 SO/BB
           4 DaysGS 12 5 2.68 19 137.2 561 1.133  8.6  3.67
           5 DaysGS  7 3 3.30 12  87.1 370 1.340  8.8  4.05
          6+ DaysGS  0 0 4.38  2  12.1  54 1.459  9.5  3.25
    7. JeremyM
      March 30th, 2012 | 10:52 pm

      Has the six-man rotation ever worked for anyone? What a dumb idea that was.

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