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CC Sabathia shakes off postseason slump with big outing

Oct 8, 2012, 12:18 AM EDT

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CC Sabathia managed to avoid taking any losses during the Yankees’ all too brief postseason runs in 2010 and 2011, but he couldn’t sidestep the criticism  The game’s highest-paid pitcher, he was far from an ace in amassing a 5.84 ERA in 24 2/3 innings the last two Octobers.

Sabathia’s 2012 postseason got off to a much better start Sunday, as he limited the Orioles to two runs in 8 2/3 innings to pick up a win in Game 1 of the ALDS. It was the first time since the 2009 World Series that Sabathia completed seven innings in a postseason start.

Sabathia was stellar when the Yankees won the World Series in his first year with the team, going 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA in five starts. Still, Yankee fans have short memories, and his more recent outings in series losses to the Rangers and Tigers left them cold. He gave up six runs and walked eight in 8 2/3 innings in last year’s ALDS defeat.

For his career, Sabathia is now 8-4 in the postseason, albeit with a mediocre 4.60 ERA. He came within one out tonight of what would have been his first postseason complete game in 16 tries.

  1. randygnyc - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Great start for the Yankees!!!!

  2. mybrunoblog - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    I think we all make too much of what a player or team has done in the past. Each pitch, at bat, game is a different seperate event. I understand that we base most if our opinions on what a guy has done in the past but baseball history is littered with things happening exactly opposite of the way we thought they would.
    CC was huge tonight (pun intended).

  3. papichulo55 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Wasn’t easy, and will not be easy. Amazin how Showalter has changed that team. For years, the Yankees would beat the Orioles before the first pitch. Total psych-out feeling, like Spinks looking at Tyson before the bell. Now, the Orioles are lookin the Yankees straight in the eyes. This is good baseball!

    • bigharold - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:09 AM

      As a Yankee fan I would agree on one thing, .. “This is good baseball!”

      It was good baseball in August and September too when the O’s were breathing down the Yankees neck. And, .. if the Yankees eventually win the WS,.. the O’s dogged pursuit of them in August and September will likely be credited with steeling the Yankees to the task at hand.

      This series isn’t over. The O’s are a talented team lead by an excellent manager. Unless and until the Yankees win the third game it’s still a dog fight.

      • bigharold - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:11 AM

        “…it’s still a dog fight.”

        And it’s GREAT Baseball!!

    • protius - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      You wrote: “Now, the Orioles are lookin the Yankees straight in the eyes.” Apparently the gesture is meaningless; the Yankees are still beating the O’s like a drum. This is old baseball news.

  4. guitarken - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Showalter was also handily out-managed tonight. Our bullpen is at full strength…..good job Joe!

    • bigharold - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:16 AM

      “Showalter was also handily out-managed tonight.”

      Bull Shit. Showalter managed to get the game to his closer, .. which is what good managers do. The Yankees just hit him hard.

      Any manager can make the call, .. but the player must execute.

      • protius - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        Harold, you are begging the question. You’re assuming that Ken is referring to Showalter getting the game to the closer, when in fact, Ken does not state specifically how Girardi out-managed the Orioles’ skipper.

  5. bradmoss1 - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    “Still, Yankee fans have short memories, and his more recent outings in series losses to the Rangers and Tigers left them cold.”

    Uh, no.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Oct 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    …And in other news the toronto bluejays still have not won a playoff game in 20 years…Back to you bob for the weather..

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