Thusday night CC Sabathia got through the first inning rather quickly, but he struggled in the 2nd and then again in the 3rd and it looked like it was going to be just another bad start for the Yankees ace who hasn’t started off very ace-like.
Then something changed and Sabathia settled in and retired the next 13 batters in a row.
“(Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild) came to me after the third and he just said, ‘Make sure you get on top of the fastball.’ That was all I needed to hear,” Sabathia told Brian Heyman of the Journal News. “The command came. (Chris Stewart) called a good game. So I just kind of got in the flow.”
It’s too early to tell, but this seems like the start that changes the momentum of CC’s season. He had an awful start on Opening Day, but actually had a little bit of success in his second start. Now in his third start he has improved even further on that and by the time he was lifted in the 8th inning Tuesday night it looked like he could have thrown another 20 or 30 pitches.