CC knocked around as Yanks fall to Rays 5-1

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CC Sabathia hoped he could have a strong outing and bounce back from his last start, one where he gave up four runs in the fifth inning and sending his team to a loss. Instead, CC turned in his worst start since 2009, only going 3.2 innings while giving up five runs in a 5-1 loss against the Rays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Sabathia admitted he had nothing working for him,and even looked sluggish on the field as he couldn’t get to the first base bag on an Evan Longoria groundout, which would have been an double play if played correctly. Sabathia’s worst enemy was Wil Meyers, who scored four of the five Rays runs against him, including an inside the park three-run home run. Girardi had enough of CC’s outing and went to Alfredo Aceves, making his first appearance with the Yankees since signing a minor league deal during Spring Training. Aceves did not disappoint, tossing 5.1 innings of no run ball.

The Yankees scored their only run in the second on a base-hit by Mark Teixeira, him going to third on an Alfonso Soriano double and a SAC Fly by Yangervis Solarte. The Yankees went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position during today’s game.

What’s Next?

David Phelps will take the mound for the Yankees as they head to the West Coast to play the L.A. Angels. However, it will not be an easy challenge as Jered Weaver opposes Phelps and will make the start for the Halos. First pitch will be at 10:00 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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8 Responses to CC knocked around as Yanks fall to Rays 5-1

  1. Michael R says:

    Doesn't surprise me at all that Aceves performed well. He's a competitor, a fighter, just like Bartolo Colon. CC, well that's another matter. He has all of the signs of just having a dead arm. A loss of his fastball, inconsistent location, pitches not moving, are all indicators. Not saying the Yanks can afford to do it, but he needs to be shut down for awhile and rested. He's racked up a lot of innings in his career and if he isn't hurt then he's tired. A guy with his long term talent doesn't lose it that quickly unless something's physically wrong.

    • He just had an entire offseason to rest and it didn't seem to help.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Michael, this is very concerning. CC hasn't looked the same in two years and it's now becoming a problem where it seems the Yankees lose every time he's on the mound. I hate to say it, but this is turning into a pretty bad contract.

      • The contract is quite scary at this point. He's got at least 3 years and $76 million remaining with a vesting option that will likely make it a 4-year, $96 million deal (the only way that fourth year doesn't vest is if he has a shoulder problem and, so far, his only issues have only been his knees or elbows). That's a lot of money to have on the books for a guy so ineffective.

        I would like to point out, though, that CC's K/9 is currently at a career-high 9.7 and his BB/9 is near a career-low 2.0. It's also usually more about one bad inning for CC rather than complete ineffectiveness. He's obviously never going to be the dominant guy that won the Yankees a World Series in 2009, but I still feel like, eventually, he'll be a solid No. 3 starter like Pettitte was.

        • hotdog says:

          it's hard to say what happens of CC but if he continues to struggle it could be down the road in 2015 or beyond, that they convert him to a reliever…it might sound scary but it might help his velocity as well as giving the Yankee some value…were a ways off from that but it could be down the pike…

  2. Robert Rufa says:

    If the bats don't start coming alive in clutch situations, NY is doomed because the way most of the starters are pitching, they'll be coming from behind the majority of games. If Girardi wants to win more games, he should play Ichiro more too because IT SURE CAN'T HURT!

  3. Robert Rufa says:

    Maybe NY should find another starter and put CC in the bullpen now. He can usually stay out of trouble for an inning or two, and there he might be able to work on his location and learn some good junk pitches. Eddie Lopat was a successful Yankee starter pitching junk during the stretch when they won 5 consecutive world series.

  4. Michael R says:

    In my limited experience, and in having a few conversation's with dead-arm pitchers, we're not talking a couple of months for a guy CC's age. We're talking a long rest, which of course would be out of the question for him at his age.
    That's why a lot of retired pitchers try to come back after their long rest.