Sabathia restores order; all is right with world

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CC Sabathia fired eight innings of one-run ball as the Yankees finally beat Ricky Romero and toppled the Blue Jays, 4-1. After two of the team’s ugliest games of the season, the Yankees needed this victory as much as they’ve needed any win all season, and Sabathia once again came up aces, scattering a mere three hits and striking out eight.

If anyone had any remaining concerns about the Yankees needing to pay Sabathia whatever he wants after he opts out at the end of the season, those doubts have been relinquished. Not re-signing Sabathia simply isn’t an option.

As important as this win was, it only represents a moment of calm before the team gets to see whether Phil Hughes has gotten any better tomorrow afternoon. If Hughes doesn’t have it, you can be sure the Jays will jump all over their favorite punching bag.

20 thoughts on “Sabathia restores order; all is right with world

  1. CC has pretty much set himself up for another 7 year contract, of at least the same monetary value at this point. He’s also making a serious case to win the Cy Young this year, and even if he doesn’t win it I can’t see him not being in the top 5. That would make 3 straight years being in the top 5 for Cy Young voting.

  2. CC has just been a monster these last five starts with 39.2 IP, 50 K/9 BB, and only 2 ER which makes his ERA a shed under .5. To boot his BABIP has been fairly normal around .300 so this has just been pure greatness. Closest thing to a Yankee with this type of dominance is Mussina over 7 starts going 49 IP with 51 K/6 BB with an ERA of 1.1 in a much higher offensive output.

    • Having not witnessed Guidry pitch personally, I can’t remember a single stretch like this one from any Yankee starter I’ve watched. Moose was good, but he didn’t simply dominate from opening inning, to end like this. It really has been amazing to watch each start in this run.

  3. If the Yanks and Boston win tomorrow and the Yanks take three at T.B., the Yanks will be 7.5 games ahead of T.B. through Thursday.


    That would mean even if the Yanks played just .500 ball the rest of the way (33-33), T.B. would have to play 41-24 ball the rest of the way to finish a game ahead of the Yanks. I don’t see T.B. doing that or better when they are only eight games above .500 at this point in the season.

    ‘Time the Yanks lay the hammer down! 4-1 in the next 5 then 8-2 feast on Oakland, Seattle, and Baltimore to end the month and (I think) ensure at least the wildcard!!!!!

    Cashman should trade Betances, Banuelos, and Montero to Colorado for Ubaldo Jimenez for a Sabathia/Burnett/Jimenez/Nova, Garcia, or Hughes for Game 4 A.L.D.S. rotation.

      • Why shouldn’t he? Oh wait, I forgot, Betances and Banuelos will be the future 1-2 or 2-3 starters for the Yankees and Montero will be the next Joe Mauer, right?

        Sabathia/Burnett/Garcia/Hughes/Colon isn’t cutting it for the postseason and that rotation with Nova in place of Colon isn’t cutting it either. Have you seen Burnett the past two seasons? He’s better this year than last but has shown he can still blow up at any time. Sabathia is the only surefire lock in the rotation to be productive most if not all the postseason.

      • Why? You people rate Betances, Banuelos, and Montero WAYYYYYY too high. It’s as if by trading them the Yankees will have ruined themselves for years to come. C’mon.

        History folks, history. Janzen, Milton, Yarnall, Halsey, Kennedy, Coke since he was a starter for Detroit. The Yankees let go of Wang and Wang has done jack since.

        The 2011 Yankees are not winning it all with the current rotation or Nova replacing whoever after CC and AJ, they’re just not. They will have to make a trade for a starter and it will have to be a #2 or #3. Jimenez is that #2 they should pursue.

        Name me an available starting pitcher who is as good as or better than Jimenez who will cost less than Montero plus any two from Betances, Banuelos, and Nova, or who will cost just two of the four.


        • Why? Because I don’t think Ubaldo is THAT good that he warrants trading all three of those prospects. He’s good, don’t get me wrong, but not 100% gut the farm good. I wouldn’t mind trading either one or two of them for the right player, but it would have to be Felix, Kershaw, Lincecum, etc. caliber for me to be comfortable with trading all three in one deal.

          As for the rest of your comment, well, that’s just ridiculous. Your idea is “The Yankees have traded players who haven’t done well with other teams before, therefore, once the player leaves the Yankees, he will amount to nothing.”

  4. Really, folks, you have to give up something to get something, and Jimenez is that something to give up something for.

    The Yankees have not been burnt by a trade since their recent championship run (1996-???)

    Janzen for Cone. Milton and Guzman for Knoblauch, Yarnall for Neagle. Lilly for Weaver. Soriano for A-Rod. Halsey and Navarro for Johnson. Cabrera for Coke. Jackson for Granderson. The jury is out on Ian Kennedy who is pitching in anonymity with Arizona and in the DH-less league. How has Nick Johnson fared outside of the Yankees? Juan Rivera has hardly torn it up since he was traded (let go?) by the Yankees. Lilly is a career barely above .500 pitcher, a total career #4.

    • Considering the quality of the player and the contract the Yanks would have to give up Montero, Nova, and most likely Betances/Banuelos to get Jimenez. While it is a steep price I feel that I would pull trigger.

      • I’d trade Montero, Nova, and either Betances or Banuelos for Jimenez, too.

        Sabathia/Burnett/Jimenez/Garcia, Hughes, or Colon in the ALDS vs. Texas, Detroit, or Cleveland (as I think Boston is making the postseason.)

        The 2012 Yankees rotation to start the season barring injury would be Sabathia/Jimenez/Burnett/Hughes/TBD. The Yankees would cross the bridge called “Who’s the fifth starter?” when they get to it and I doubt the decision on who it is to start the season will cost the Yankees the season.

        • I’d hesitate a little more if it was both Banuelos and Betances just because that is too much pitching to give up in one trade while there are good alternative in Montero.

          • Jimenez would instantly be the Yankees #2. Any two from Betances, Banuelos, and Nova would be required. You can’t get a guy like Jimenez with just one of them and Montero. Jimenez is a 3 for 1 player.

            Correction Melky traded for Javier Vasquez, bad trade, but Melky was released by Atlanta. He’s having a nice season with KC but I doubt he’d do the same as a Yankee.

            Coke, Kennedy, and Jackson for Granderson, but Kennedy’s in Arizona now, out of the AL. Granderson has outplayed Jackson all-around. Coke is 1-8, 4.88 this year.

  5. C’mon you “hold all your chips” drones! Show me ONE trade the Yankees have made after 1995 which fucked them up. Keep in mind the Yankees won the 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009 World Series, made it to the 2001 and 2003 World Series, and missed the postseason only once (2008) but only because their ace (Wang) had a season-ending injury 6/15/08. They were one win away from winning the 2001 World Series, two wins away from winning the 2003 World Series, one win away from going to the 2004 World Series and two wins away from going to the 2010 World Series. The 2002 Yankees won 103 games, the 2004 team 101, the 2005 team 95, the 2006 team 97, the 2007 team 94. Even the 2008 team still won 89 games despite losing Wang, Matsui, and Posada to injury. Who gives a fuck that the 1997 team didn’t win it all after 1996 and when they won it all 1998-2000 then made it to the World Series 2001 and 2003?

  6. Austin Jackson: Looking like a rookie year wonder. Granderson is better than him.

    Nick Johnson: Where’s he?

    Alfonso Soriano: As irrelevant as he’s always been since the Yankees traded him.

    Dioner Navarro: Who cares? Although I wouldn’t mind him as the backup to Martin.

    Cristian Guzman: Who cares?

    Mike Lowell: Retired. The dude had no chance to be the 3B with Brosius there 1998-2001 which didn’t work out too badly for the Yankees.

    Melky Cabrera: We’ll see how long he lasts with Kansas City. Gardner/Granderson/Swisher has rendered him irrelevant.

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  8. Your facts and figures are impressive, Duh. However, just from seeing Banuelos pitch once, I say it would be a grave mistake to let him go. Montero, too, holds positive potential that will not carry true value at this point, so that he, too, would be thrown away. My hope is the Yankees are more careful than to wager so large when patience would serve better.

  9. In the fourth inning, there were two on, no outs, and Hill hit a screaming liner that was double-bound till in a split second, Nunez leapt and snagged it. CC’s jaw had only time to drop, and then there was Nunie lobbing to second, and a second of heart palpitation till it settled in Robbie’s glove. One earned run sounds great, but CC was this close to losing it then.