CC Sabathia gets knocked around, but he’s not the only one to blame

I’ll admit it; it was extremely tough watching CC Sabathia allow six runs in the first inning of a 10-2 loss against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon.

But just as easy as it would be to blame Sabathia, we shouldn’t place all the blame on him.

It didn’t help that the Yankees defense made five errors during the game. It also didn’t help the offense couldn’t put runs on the board. Sabathia unraveled, but the defense placed him in the position to.

“Those [innings] make or break games, whether in spring or up north [in The Bronx],” Sabathia said after his poor start. “… I need to do a better job of not letting it unravel.”

Even in an exhibition game, Sabathia ended up being the scapegoat for an ugly loss. Yes, he needed to make his pitches to get out of the inning. But it’s better Sabathia is rusty now than when the games count in April.

Sabathia was more than ready to place the blame on himself, but manager Joe Girardi believed it was a group effort as to why the team was demolished by the Braves B-Squad.

“As good as we’ve been all spring, we weren’t too good today,” Girardi said. “It’s one of those days, it seemed like every ground ball we possibly could have caught, we didn’t make the play. CC kept working and kept working.”

If there was one thing that encouraged Girardi, it was Sabathia’s knee held up quite well. The Yankees had been bringing Sabathia along slowly because he underwent minor surgery over the offseason. Sabathia was able to throw a bullpen after his ugly start and is now anticipating his next Spring outing.

“I went down to the bullpen [afterwards] and felt good,” Sabathia said. “I’ll be ready in time to go again. … Everything feels good. My body feels good and I was letting some [pitches] go. No problems.”

All Sabathia can do is look ahead and try to forget that ugly Spring outing ever happened.

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13 Responses to CC Sabathia gets knocked around, but he’s not the only one to blame

  1. Celerino says:

    Quintana is a former Yankee prospect who they didn't give enough time to cook. Let's see what the current crop has to offer before going shopping. When they do go shopping, they don't need to make a sucker deal.

  2. The only thing that matters is whether or not he's healthy. Spring training stats are pretty meaningless. Especially considering the glaring and huge holes already in the rotation it's not like the Yankees would even consider not including CC in the rotation.

  3. Jame says:

    If anybody saw Sabathia's first spring training game, John Flaherty said the Yankees would take last years record for Sabathia, which was 9 Wins and 12 loses, is Flaherty on something, why do the Yankees keep Sabathia, as his record for the past 3 Years is 18 Wins and 25 Loses, get rid of this guy, I could find a pitcher in AAA that could give me a 9 and 12 record, and save 20 million. Get rid of Sabathia, do a Rodriguez on him.

    • Jerry says:

      9 and 12 is deceiving for last year. Easily could have been 12 and 9. Decent era and he has one more year on his contract. So you can't save money, he's already owed that.

    • tom says:

      Getting rid of Sabathia won't save us a cent.

    • A win-loss record is a terrible way to evaluate pitchers. There are so many outside factors that come into play that affects who wins and loses.

  4. Jame says:

    A win-loss is a terrible way to evaluate a pitcher, you must be on something. Let me put it this way, if a pitcher had 18 wins and 26 losses for a 3 year period, would you give him $20 million a year contract?

    • Jerry says:

      This is part of a long contract, are you paying attention? The first years were fine, the last few, not so much.

      • tom says:

        Jerry, you did not know? According to new CBA, for 2017-2019 seasons, a final year of player's latest 4 year or longer contract automatically become a team option. Yankees had chosen to let him finish his contract with Yanks. There you go.

        Wait, where are we?

  5. Jerry says:

    In a field of tall grass somewhere!

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