For what it’s worth, everyone insists that Sabathia is healthy, including the big man himself. Sabathia even dismissed the theory that two trips to the disabled list this season might have left him with some rust that is affecting his command, responding with merely a terse “no” when the question was posed to him Friday afternoon. Of course, he went on to say that he was just not making his pitches when he needed to, which sort of sounded a lot like saying his command was off, something that’s plagued Sabathia literally since Opening Day this year.
The question was a hot topic for a while last night, and the best answer on the subject likely came from TYA’s Mike Eder, who analyzed the Pitch F/X data and concluded that Sabathia might be trying to overthrow the ball, a sentiment that was shared by Russell Martin after the game. That’s as good a theory as any because, really, I think we’re probably overstating Sabathia’s struggles right now.… Click here to read the rest
- The offense took a little while to get going, managing just one baserunner (a single by A-Rod to lead off the second inning) and forcing Orioles’ starter Wei-Yin Chen to throw just 35 pitches through the first three innings, but they broke out in a big way in the fourth inning. Nick Swisher got things started by taking a bouncing ball off of his leg, and then Robinson Cano worked a four pitch walk that included a bit of chin music on the first offering from Chen. With two on and no one out A-Rod struck out swinging to put the opportunity in jeopardy, but Russell Martin launched a pitch into the leftfield seats to put the Yankees up 3-0. After Curtis Granderson struck out for the second time in the game for the second out, Andruw Jones hit a first pitch single, and Steve Pearce added his first home run as a Yankee to give the Bombers a 5-0 lead, and radically altering the feel of the game.