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On second thought: CC Sabathia is not looking good

Apr 1, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

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In the last post I said that Sabathia looked good. Which, sure, in the first inning he did. In the second inning, though, it got ugly.  Sabathia gave up four runs. What’s worse: he did so while sitting between 88-90 miles per hour for the most part, which is not good.  Towards the end of the inning he cranked a couple of 93s, but yowza.

Best plate appearance of the inning came in Jackie Bradley Jr.’s major league debut, in which he worked an eight pitch walk after going down 0-2 to Sabathia. Very nice discipline to lay off a couple of close pitches. Only bad part is that he hits a homer the next time he’s up, people will always say that he hit a homer in his first major league at bat. Which, while technically true, will obscure the truth of the matter because people still don’t think of walks as counting as much as other things.  Bradley’s walk was probably the key to that inning, though.

Anyway: it’s now 4-0 in the second and I’m thinking hard about switching to the Nats game.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Actually, I thought that CC was looking slimmer than I remember from past seasons.

  2. esracerx46 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Im sorry but Jackie Bradley looks like hes 15.

    • UgglasForearms - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Looks like he can play ball too :)

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM


      • proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Hello aceshigh11. I was surprised to see that Lester is now bald. When did that happen?

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        He’s been balding for a few years…I haven’t seen him live yet this year…is his head shaved now?

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Not yet. Just a bit of hair left on top. He has pitched well today, but has thrown 96 pitches in 5 innings. Time to remove him from the game. Sabathia is gone after 5.

    • sabatimus - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      So? Tim Lincecum looks even younger this year than in years past (his arm, however, looks about 70 years old). Yes it’s only one game but Bradley for the most part showed the poise of a guy who’s been on the roster for a couple years: he took some very close pitches which were not strikes, had three walks, and his first RBI.

  3. soxfan34110 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Has JBJ been elected to the HOF yet? These writers fawn over him like he’s Kate Upton. Let him prove something first!

    • Ben - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Announcers–“Jackie Bradley Jr makes an AMAZING catch”

      Discerning fan–Nah, he just had a bad read on the ball, making a normal play look exciting.

      • paperlions - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        You just described 17 yrs of watching Jeter play SS.

      • djpostl - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        And Jacoby Ellsburry’s entire career.

  4. dondada10 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Watch the Nats game. Bryce Harper is doing okay.

  5. number42is1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    REALLY? one bad inning and you are ready to write him off? Do i need to remind you that in all but ONE of his season openers he was pretty awful. 12 pitches to get through the 3rd inning. how about we let this one play out before we decide that he’s washed up, eh?

    • bradybbgoat - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      His fastball is barely scraping 90 and he’s nibbling against every batter he’s faced.

      • number42is1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        he’s had TWO ST starts and is coming off Elbow surgery. NONE of the hits he gave up in that 4 run inning were hard hit they were either fielders choice or singles. I would be much more concerned with the lack of offense that this team has than the fastball on CC

      • bradybbgoat - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        I’d be concerned with both. Its a tough April to be a Yankee fan.

      • gigab0t - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        I think you’re both right.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Damn Red Sox actually giving me a minor glimmer of hope.

    And yeah, Jackie’s first at bat wasn’t flashy, but it was impressive to see him battle back after swinging to hard he almost fell over.

    Good poise for your first AB against a tough pitcher.

  7. sportsdrenched - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    As much as I’d like to gloat at the NYY misfortune. Sabathia always starts slow. So move along, nothing to see here…yet.

  8. deathmonkey41 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    C.C. Sabathia is not an ace. Any Yankees fan that tells themselves that they feel confident with him on the mound in a must-win game is deluding themselves. He throws a lot of innings, but doesn’t have lights out stuff.

  9. bigjimatch - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    The Yankees season effectively ended today…

  10. thebadguyswon - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    This season will be a nice wake-up call to Yankees fans. Your team is too old and your GM’s expiration date has passed.

  11. deathmonkey41 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Well, at least the “go up and swing at everything no matter what the situation” Kevin Long gameplan is still in effect this season. One of the best that Kevin Long.

  12. soxfan34110 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Well Yankee’s fans, your team really sucks this year. At least you’ll get a high draft pick next year!

  13. bobdog93 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    He didn’t seem to have any giddy up on his fastball

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