Remember when CC Sabathia was so good down the stretch for Milwaukee in 2008 that it made the Yankees salavate over him? Well lately he’s been even better than that and Major League Baseball is acknowledging that by naming him AL Pitcher of the Month for July.
In 5 starts Sabathia has a 4-1 record with a 0.92 ERA, 50 strikeouts, and 13 walks in 39 innings. He struck out eight batters or more in every start and also set a career high of 14 in one game against the Mariners last month, a game he nearly had a perfect game in before rain interrupted.
That’s just part of an eight game stretch where he has a 1.01 ERA, 78 strikeouts, and 16 walks in 62.2 innings. That is part of an even bigger stretch where Sabathia has gone 13-2 with a 2.08 ERA over 15 games going back to May 19. His fWAR of 5.6 is the highest in all of baseball this season.
He’s truly in the middle of an exceptional year. 20 wins seems like an eventuality at this point and he should be in the Cy Young race with Jered Weaver and Justin Verlander right down until the end of the season.