CC Sabathia got off to a really bad start, getting hit hard in his first two games against the weak offenses of the Rays and Orioles. His start against Minnesota didn’t go well at first either, but after a rough first couple of innings, he settled in and really started pitching like, well, CC.
He carried that over to Monday night against Texas when one of the top offenses in the game got a little lucky when they scored four runs off him in eight innings.
“When (CC’s) getting ground balls and not getting in a lot of three-ball counts and not missing up, away from right-handed hitters, it tells me he has his command,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “…I thought his last four innings against the Twins, you started to see it get to CC-like. I thought maybe we’re going to get something going here. We talked about how he can be a slow starter, but I liked what I saw those last four innings against the Twins, and he just carried it over today.”
Beyond just executing his pitches, CC’s demenor looks different on the mound since the middle of that game in Minnesota. He looks more confident, more in charge. CC has always started slow, his career 4.16 ERA in April is the highest of any month of the year, so he may have gone through a bit of that early on.
He looks like he’s back to being CC though which is a good thing because as the Yankees rotation struggles, they need to rely on their ace.