Sabathia’s velocity causes concern as Yankees fall to Nats 3-2

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CC Sabathia was out-dueled by Jordan Zimmerman during today’s 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals and he simply said this when he was asked about his start:

“I sucked today. We can leave it here in Vero or Viera or wherever we are; just go on to the next one.”

Sabathia gave up three runs on four hits in his three innings of work, walking two and striking out three during today’s start.

“I was kind of erratic, just all over the place,” Sabathia said. “Couldn’t really keep my delivery down. And to try to push off and get some leverage throwing downhill was hard for me.”

Sabathia wasn’t only erratic, but his velocity was a cause of concern. Sabathia topped out at 88 MPH on the radar gun, but consistently hit 85-86 MPH throughout the game. Sabathia and Girardi didn’t comment on Sabathia’s velocity but it’s becoming worrisome, even leaving some doubt Sabathia will bounce back in 2014 unless he learns how to become a finesse pitcher.

The Yankees were no-hit until the 5th inning when Eduardo Nunez tripled and Dean Anna drove him home. Zoilo Almonte doubled in the 6th and Brett Gardner drove him home on a long SAC Fly to center field.

What’s Next?

Hiroki Kuroda will make his third appearance for the Yankees this Spring as he takes on the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. This spring, Kuroda has allowed one hit in 4 2/3 innings and looks to continue his scoreless streak. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m and the game will air on the YES Network.

 

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5 Responses to Sabathia’s velocity causes concern as Yankees fall to Nats 3-2

  1. Jskillet says:

    Moose won 20 games averaging 83mph on his fastball…CC will make the adjustments and be just fine…if his velocity even becomes an issue

  2. Michael R says:

    He'd better learn fast.

  3. Robert Rufa says:

    As a power pitcher, CC has probably peaked and is in decline. Seems like he should have begun adapting to his falling velocity and starting to learn new pitches midway through last year.

  4. olie says:

    It is going to adapt like many before him!