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.

  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.

    GO YANKS! GO BOSTON!

    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.

  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.

  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.