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CC Sabathia wins his 200th game

Jul 4, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Minnesota Twins

CC Sabathia beat the Twins last night. That’s nothing new, he always beats the Twins. But it was significant for another reason: it was his 200th career win.

That’s 200 wins against 108 losses in his 13th season. Sabathia turns 33 in a couple of weeks and he’s been remarkably durable in his career. As such, it’s not a stretch to suggest that he could, quite possibly, win 300 games before he’s said and done. Being conservative, let’s say he wins seven more games this year. That puts him at 207. He’d then only need to average 15 wins and change over six more years to reach that magic milestone by his age-38 season.  If he pitches through his age-40 season he’d only need 11 wins a year and change.

And if and when he does that a bunch of people will, once again, say that we’re unlikely to see another 300-game winner. Because people like doing that so darn much for some reason.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    C.C. will get it if he wants it. He’s a rubber arm and you’d have to imagine the Yanks are gonna revamp their offense eventually.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      I tip my Yankee fitted to CC, he is a true stallion, glad he rides with the Empire.

  2. raysfan1 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Wins are an over-rated stat, but when you start piling up that many–especially against so few losses–that’s pretty special. Congrats, CC, and may you stay healthy and get that next 100 (but not against the Rays).

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      yeah, wins are very over-rated, The team with the most losses usually
      wins the world series too. Tampa Bay has about 10 world series.
      WTF is wrong with you?

      • southofheaven81 - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        He means crediting wins & losses to a pitcher, not actual games won, ya mook.

        And he’s right, there are WAY too many other factors (run support, how the other pitcher performs, how your bullpen performs, how the other bullpen performs) for wins or losses to matter as a stat.

      • cohnjusack - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        He obviously means “pitcher wins”.
        It’s a stupid stat because things like this can happen:

        Storm Davis, 1989
        19 wins
        7 Losses
        4.36 ERA
        85 ERA+
        169 Innings

        Nolan Ryan, 1987
        8 wins
        16 losses
        2.76 ERA
        142 ERA+
        211 innings

        Clearly, clearly Storm Davis was 11 wins better than Nolan Ryan.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Thanks, South.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Alas, I have but one thumbs up for you, Cohn.

  3. mybrunoblog - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Calcaterra is right. So funny how when a pitcher reaches 300 wins we hear about how there will never be another one. CC could reach 300 but even without it I don’t think it’s too early to speculate as to whether or not he will end up in Cooperstown.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      southofheaven81, you are a real douche bag, but you knew that right?

      and your theory is bull, stop listening to metric nerds who look for
      a way to make money on baseball too and stop repeating the crap
      as if you were working on this in mommies basement.
      now, do not attempt to contact me again.

      • southofheaven81 - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Way to respond to me on the wrong thread douchenozzle. Do they not teach you how to use message boards once you leave mom’s basement?

      • Matt S - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        Ha, man. There is just so much fail in this one comment.

  4. moogro - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    I love how we still track wins not because they matter, but vis-a-vis the children that vote on the hall of fame.

  5. blacksables - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I guess you’re one of those people that choose to speak for the entire baseball fan base?

    I, for one, have a different view of the game, and it does include pitchers wins.

    If you would like to have a test of baseball knowledge, please let me know?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      The ability to regurgitate random facts has nothing to do with intelligence.

      • blacksables - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Once again, you have no fucking clue what you’re spouting off about. I said knowledge of the game. I never said anything about random facts, but choose to believe what you want.

        People are allowed to look at the world in a different way than you do. Get over it. You’re not right just because you want to be.

        By the way, what are the sabermetrics you always pound down everyone’s throat except random facts?

    • southofheaven81 - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    • moogro - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Umm…I’m sorry.

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I feel like he can do it. Seeing Madux and Johnson its an amazing thing to see.

  7. bkunza - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    C. C. should send a thank you card to Gardenhire for pitching to Cano with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Cano has hit everything the Twins have thrown at him. Gardenhire is a complete moron!

  8. historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM


  9. louhudson23 - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Wins have so little meaning that C.C. is thinking of giving all of his away….oh,sorry, that is Cabrera giving up all his RBI….(sorry,wrong spreadsheet fantasy…)

  10. cackalackyank - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    This is like Schrodinger’s cat all over again. In this case,
    the cat repesent’s CC getting 300 wins. In order to find out if he get’s to 300 wins or not (meaning whether that cat is alive or dead)
    you have to open the box, right? Problem is in this case there is a bunch of stuff stacked on the lid of the box preventing you from looking inside right now. Let’s label these objects things like “reduced run support”, “fluctuations in weight”, “arm fatigue”, “increased potential for shoulder injuries after 35”, and the ever popular, and already over used “his velocity is down”. So to see if this cat is alive or dead there is a lot of stuff to be moved first. I any case congrats to CC on the accomplishment. But, let’s not annoint him the next 300 game winner just yet. See, just like I said…Schrodinger’s cat.

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