CC Sabathia got off to a bad start to the season, struggling against the Rays and Orioles in his first couple of starts. Then something happened against the Twins and suddenly everything clicked for CC. Since the 4th inning of that game on April 17, he has almost been unhittable.
In four starts following that game, including three against playoff contenders, Sabathia tossed eight innings in each start with a 2.25 ERA, 8.7 K/9, 1.1 BB/9, and 0.906 WHIP. The best thing about this streak is that he seems to have gotten better in each start.
“Best game he’s pitched all year,” Joe Girardi told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “I thought he was brilliant. He shouldn’t have given up a run. Ground ball after ground ball after ground ball — his sinker was very good, his changeup was good, his slider was good. I thought he had everything working tonight. It was his best performance of the year.”
CC indeed had four pitches working well. He generated 15 swings and misses in total, 10 off his slider and three from his changeup. His ability to miss bats kept hitters behind in counts all night throughout his domination.
It’s really fun to watch CC when he is pitching like this. Considering the struggles of the rotation, this is exactly what they need too. Hopefully he can keep it going for as long as possible.