C.C. Sabathia lost a start tonight. I know, I’ll pause for a moment to let that shocking news sink in. But yes, it turns out the big man is human after all.
Or maybe not. Because buried underneath that ugly “L” is an 8 inning complete game in which the big guy allowed just 2 runs while striking out 8 and allowing 5 hits and 4 walks to the Rays’ batters. On most nights that would be enough to get the job done, but tonight Sabathia was outdueled by James Shields, who didn’t actually pitch better than the big guy, but was able to suppress runs slightly better than The Beast. That’s the way the luck dragon goes some days.
And even though the Yankees leave the Tampa area with a split of the 4 game series, I’m feeling pretty down about the week thus far. Maybe it’s because every game felt like there was little action happening or because the Rays’ pitching was so good, or maybe it’s just because they didn’t win a game in which C.C. started, but in any case I’m glad this series is over and the Yankees can commence playing Oakland over the weekend.
Also too, have I ever mentioned how much I hate James Shields? Especially this year, it just seems like he always has the Yankees’ number. I think it’s the changeup. It looks like the Yankees just can’t hit that pitch, even when they know it’s coming. Especially Tex. I would certainly send my warmest regards to any team that wants to take Shields out of the A.L. East this trade deadline season. Continue reading The Beast IS human, sort of