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CC Sabathia struggles in loss to Red Sox

Sep 14, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

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Coming off a loss last night, the Yankees needed the vintage CC Sabathia or a reasonable facsimile to show up this afternoon against the Red Sox. It didn’t happen.

Sabathia was touched up for five runs on nine hits and four walks over six innings as part of a 5-1 loss. After beginning the afternoon with a perfect first inning, he was scored upon in each of the next four innings. The veteran left-hander now has a 4.90 ERA for the year, including a 6.58 ERA in 11 starts since the All-Star break.

While Sabathia labored, Jon Lester was brilliant for Boston, giving up just one run on three hits and two walks over eight innings. He now owns a 2.37 ERA over 11 starts during the second half and has allowed three runs or fewer in all but one of them.

The Red Sox currently sit at 91-59 on the year while their magic number to clinch the AL East is down to five. Meanwhile, the 79-70 Yankees find themselves 2.5 games out of a Wild Card spot with 13 games remaining. With a crowded field in the race, the Yankees can’t afford many more missteps. They’ll attempt to salvage one tomorrow night when Ivan Nova goes up against Clay Buchholz.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Some vintage wines age extremely well but this vintage C. C. is well past its prime.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Baltimore just lost to keep pace with the Yankees.

      • pisano - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        pc… neither are going anywhere but home.

    • tfbuckfutter - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      It’s because baseball players aren’t supposed to be the shape of a grape.

  2. 18thstreet - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Na na na, na na na, hey hey hey …

    • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      Well, that’s better than “Sweet Caroline,” anyway….but what isn’t?

      • 18thstreet - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Don’t hang that song on me. The Fenway I grew up on only played organ music, though I was there when they introduced that new-fangled rock and/or roll.

        What we have learned from this season, via Shane Victorino, is that Sweet Caroline needs to be replaced with Three Little Birds.

      • jwbiii - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        John Kiley played in the lounge of the hotel where my parents spent their wedding night. The Red Sox must have been on the road.

      • offseasonblues - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        To 18th who said “What we have learned from this season, via Shane Victorino, is that Sweet Caroline needs to be replaced with Three Little Birds.”

        A thousand thumbs up.

      • 18thstreet - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        John Killey is the answer to an awesome trivia question: Who is the only man to play for the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots.

    • theskinsman - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      “Steam”, if my somewhat hazy memory is on today,18thstreet. Watching the Bosox beat down the yankees game after game is just what’s needed to wipe the last vestiges of the 2012 season from our memory banks.

  3. thebigtim2012 - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Hollywood couldn’t have scripted the Red Sox turn around from last year any better. Who’s up for a new award comeback team of the year! At the start of the season I would have been very satisfied with a wild card spot to me that would have been a great sign for the future, never ever did I see this coming.

    • theskinsman - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      No one saw this coming.Most picked the Sox for last.

      • Jack Marshall - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        This is just not true.

        Lots of Boston fans who actually pay attention DID predict a complete turnaround, and it made sense. I predicted the day he was hired that Farrell would win Manager of the Year, not that he’s a genius (or that 2012 was Bobby V’s fault, cause it wasn’t) but because all the “experts” would absurdly under-rate the Red Sox based on a fluke year. Look at the record! Until Ortiz and Middlebrooks went down with injuries last year (“This team is cursed!” was Papi’s quote at the time) the Sox had a better run differential than the Yankees this season and led the East in runs scored—despite having their starting leftfielder and centerfielder injured all season to that point, having Youk get old and lose his job, Pedroia playing with busted fingers and having his worst season by far, and Adrian Gonzalez losing his power and not walking much either. All of the Sox big three starters had the worst seasons of their careers, the closer was injured all year and the star set-up guy, Bard, morphed first into a lousy #4 starter and then a wreck. The two players living up to expectations were Salty and Avila, who was a stopgap shortstop, and neither had acceptable OBA’s. Once the management white flagged and pulled the trigger on the Dodger trade, the collapse is September was pre-ordained, but also meaningless for predicting 2013. The Sox had lots of talent and lots of money, and it was just stupid for anyone to think that a year when everyone got hurt or slumped was the real measure of the team–especially after the Dodger trade.

        There’s also history here: the Red Sox best seasons have almost always come after disappointing ones that misled the experts into ignoring the talent on hand.. There was ’67, of course, but in ’74 the Sox blew a big lead and ended up a weak third—nobody picked the team in ’75. 1985 was a terrible disappointment: the team was only 81-81, and the Sox finished 5th—then they went to the Series in ’86. 2004 was an exception, but many thought the botched play-off less against the Yankees in 2003 would “haunt” the Sox, much as 2012 was blamed on the 2011 collapse. In 2006, the Red Sox had the worst injury collapse in their history (until 2012.) Remember? Kevin Youkilis had to play left? Varitek went down? Schilling, all the pitchers, hurt? Lester arrives from the minors and has to quit because of cancer? Manny gives up on the team and malingers? Total slide to the end of the season. They won it all in 2007.

        The experts should have known that if the team was healthy, it would score runs, and that the starting pitching would be wildly improved. They were obviously going to be play-off contenders. This is far from a miracle.

      • theskinsman - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Actually it is true,Jack. So many yankee fans were furious at the notion that they would be anything but on top of the division, Jays fans were celebrating winning the off season, Oriole fans were sure they could improve on last year.
        I’ve followed the Red Sox since 1967,so I’ve been down this road before.
        You are quite correct-it was the pitching that doomed the Sox last year-nothing else,IMHO.
        But I stand by how many picked the Sox to be last again this season.I’m just thrilled those jackwagons are wrong.

  4. papichulo55 - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Looks like CC lost more than some weight this past winter.

  5. djpostl - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    People can try to measure just how many games injuries robbed the Yankees of or how Hughes regressed from a barely palatable starter” to “flat out horrendous” but this guy is the anchor that dragged them down most this season.

    After today in 14 of 31 starts by him (over 40%) he gave up 4 earned runs or more. In 10 starts (over 30%) he yielded 5 earned runs or more.

    All from the teams alleged “ace” who is making 25M/year.

    If he just pitches like a 3rd starter in half of those disastrous starts it is worth anywhere from 2-5 wins and changes things quite a bit.

    Yes, the excuses are plentiful but the reality is there is just one reason why they’re going to fall just short of a playoff spot and as big as he is he can’t hide.

    • nbjays - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      This^

      For all the bullcrap dirtyharry has spewed about the Jays’ starting rotation being a bust, not one of them comes close to Sabathia in terms of lack of value for a shitload of money.

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        Yes, but he’s an artificial stupidity.

      • nbjays - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        True dat! But artificial or real, he’s still a stupidity

      • djpostl - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        Exactly. I do view the Jays rotation as massive disappointments but in the full context of things they don’t even come close to CC.

      • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        I think the Borg showed some heart and guts the past few weeks, but what they don’t seem to have in adequate supply is ligaments, cartilage, tendons and sufficient secretions of synovial fluid to go with them. I recall that Vonnegut once wrote about an old man he met in a doctor’s waiting room who couldn’t stop farting. The man said something to the effect that “they told me growing old would be bad, but they never told me it would be this awful.”

        Are you listening, Brian Cashman?

    • cackalackyank - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Absolutely correct dj. When all is said and done the numbers will support the idea that it was in fact the pitching, not the injuries/patchwork offense that really sank the Yankees this year. For a brief while it seemed that the Yankees ‘ace’ was Kuroda. Now he is just about as bad as Sabathia… maybe worse. Since the All star break the # 1-2 have been more like 4-5…which leaves Hughes as something like a 6-7. Ridiculous.

  6. drelms - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Sabathia and the whole Yankmee’s, most expensive pile of losers around. They stink so bad all of my Yankmee friends have actually said not one single word about baseball since the All Star break.
    Now take your luxury tax pay stub and go sit down, all of you.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      I am certainly not a Yankee fan; however, I am impressed by how well they have performed despite the injuries and the age of the majority of the players.

      • nbjays - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        They are probably the only team this year who could field their regular starting nine in an Old Timers Game.

      • cackalackyank - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        @nbjays. Cano and Gardner disagree.

      • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        Cano and Gardener are critical. With Gardener injured, that leaves only Cano to empty everyone else’s bedpans.

  7. pisano - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    …and just think, three more years of CC, who knows how bad that will turn out to be. All you teams out there, keep giving out these 7 to 10 year contracts, and you to can be just like the Yankees.

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