In Defense Of CC

May 3, 2009 – 9:07 am

Los Angeles 8, NYY 4. Yet another less than stellar start by CC Sabathia, another hitless day for Mark Teixeira, and another bullpen implosion.  It seems like every time you think the Yankees are getting ready to kick things in to high gear, they have a game like this, and you are reminded that it’s actually pretty amazing they are 2 games over .500 and only 3 games back in the division.

As far as CC goes, though, I don’t think it’s quite as bad as a lot of the moaners and groaners would have you believe.  Yesterday he actually had a “quality start” through six innings, and it was only in the 7th when he was well over 100 pitches that things went bad.  You would like to think that if there was anyone in the bullpen that Girardi had any confidence in at all that Joe would have taken CC out after six, insuring him of a good start without risking the meltdown that eventually came.  But alas, you can’t blame Girardi for crossing his fingers and leaving CC in.  Plus, CC is a workhorse so the pitch count shouldn’t be that much of an issue.  Anyway, if you throw out CC’s disastrous first game of the season, his ERA is 3.89 which isn’t all that far off his career ERA of 3.68.  So bottom line, I think the concerns over CC are not justified — at least not so far.

So now it’s up to “Franchise” Phil Hughes to get things back on track.  The Angels are a struggling team right now with all their injuries, so you really want to do better than simply splitting the series at home.  Hopefully Hughes will be as sharp as he was in his first start.  And it sure wouldn’t hurt if the real Tex would show up.

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