Bad start by CC Sabathia leads to Yankees loss to Rays

C+C+SabathiaCC Sabathia allowed four runs in the first and another in the third as the Yankees offense failed to show up in their 5-1 loss to the Rays in Tampa on Monday.

CC’s command was atrocious early on and the Rays made him pay. Ryan Roberts homered to get it started followed by an Evan Longoria single, Sean Rodriguez triple, and Yunel Escobar home run to make it 4-0. Roberts added another homer in the third inning that made it 5-0.

Although a runner did reach base in every inning after that CC really settled in and was never really in any danger of giving up runs. Ryan Roberts did get up again with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and a runner in scoring position, but CC was an entirely different pitcher by that time and got Roberts to ground out to third.

His velocity topped out at 92 mph and sat mostly around 90 mph all night, but it didn’t matter how fast he was throwing when he was hitting the catchers mitt. It was when Francisco Cervelli had to reach to catch the ball that he got hit hard.

CC’s final line: 7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 3 HR. His ERA is upto 3.34. It should be noted that April has always been the worst month of the season for hm with a 4.02 ERA.

• The Yankees offense was literally Robinson Cano, who went 2-for-4 with a solo shot while the rest of the team went 0-for-25 with three walks (Brett Gardner had the two walks). That’ll help get some of those outrageous, small sample stat lines back in order.

• I’m excited to see Cano getting two hits off a lefty because he was horrible against them last year and early on it looked like he would struggle against southpaws again, but he’s 5-for-13 against them in the last week with two homers. If this is a trend he can continue look for him to have a monster season.

• Ben Francisco is now hitting .091/.200/.091 in 25 plate appearances. Normally, especially with veterans, I say give them the benefit of the doubt due to the small sample size, but this guy has gotten worse in each of the last four seasons. It might be a good idea to cut him and call up Zoilo Almonte or David Adams.

• Eduardo Nunez is down to .167/.275/.190 in 53 plate appearances. He should get the small sample size benefit of the doubt, but let’s just say it’s a good thing for him that Derek Jeter isn’t coming back soon because he isn’t winning any jobs.

Kevin Youkilis was a late scratch because his back was acting up again. The Yankees have been downplaying the severity of this injury, but perhaps there is something to be concerned about after all. He was a big part of why the Yankees offense has been working. Taking him away will cause a lot more inconsistency with the lineup.

• Matt Moore has become scary good. As bad as the Yankees have done against southpaws this year, they’re down to .195/.266/.303 so far, Moore looked like a bona fide ace. His emergence makes me think the Rays won’t hesitate to trade David Price in the future.

(April 21, 2013 – Source: J. Meric/Getty Images North America).

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5 Responses to Bad start by CC Sabathia leads to Yankees loss to Rays

  1. Gonzalo Hiram says:

    I have no idea why Ben Francisco is in our team.

    Casper Wells would have been a better bat against lefties and a better player in general. Even Juan Rivera or Matt Diaz could give better numbers than Francisco

  2. Mike Baker says:

    Is it time to worry about cc's velocity yet or should we wait until late spring

    • brian says:

      understood this game was in a dome but overall i believe as the weather warms up he'll find his groove…

      but yes it's a concern, the guy was throwing 230 inning seasons for awhile

  3. I'm not concerned about CC's velocity much at all and I would suggest that doing so is a waste of time. He's never been the type to rely heavily on velocity. When he struggled in the first inning it was about command. Cervelli was setting up his glove and the pitch came in about a foot away from the initial setup. That's why he was getting hit.

    During the first start of the season it was a little bit concerning just because he was coming off surgery, but I think after five starts, because of the way he has struggled when he has struggled, if you are still paying attention to his velocity you are wasting your time.

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