Stretching out Adam Warren

Adam Warren may be moving back to the rotation soon. With Nathan Eovaldi out until at least the end of the regular season, the Yankees began to stretch him out in last night’s loss to the Orioles.

Sabathia pitched 4.2 innings (throwing 85 pitches), giving a run (three earned), striking out five and walking three. Eighty five was Sabathia’s limit, so in came Warren. The reliever went 2.2 innings and threw 47 pitches, his longest outing since August 5.

While the Yankees have five guys already in the rotation, it makes sense to give them a bit of rest through the end of the year, of which there are only 23 games left. It preserves them ever so slightly for the playoffs, but stretching out Warren also gives the Yankees insurance for Sabathia. With Sabathia dealing with right knee inflammation, and having to wear a brace while he pitches, there is no guarantee as to how that knee is going to hold up the rest of the way.… Click here to read the rest

Discussion: Six-man rotation?

Yesterday, we heard Yankee pitching coach Larry Rothschild suggest that the Yankees may use six starters for a particularly tough stretch–30 games in 31 days–in April and May. Bryan Hoch’s story later in the day included a clarifying quotation from Rothschild:

“It’s a result of some of the stuff that’s gone on over the last few years, not just here, but everywhere,” Rothschild said. “We’re aware of situations here and early in the season, we need to get these guys through these stretches. Being that possibly early in the spring, some of them aren’t going to be able to throw a lot, we’re going to need to build them up too and give them the extra days when we can.”

My gut reaction to a six-man rotation in the past has always been aversion, and probably for good reason. Six-man rotations give a possibly fringy starter starts and they take starts away from the top pitchers in the rotation. However, the 2015 Yankee rotation is making me rethink things.… Click here to read the rest

Triples for everyone: Yankees 10, Tampa Bay 2

The New York Yankees might have expected a tough pitching duel on Thursday night. One person held up that end of the deal, surprisingly CC Sabathia.

Tampa Bay’s David Price was batted around by the Yankees and was chased after five innings after giving up six runs on 10 hits. Yankees beat up the Rays 10-2.

New York gave Sabathia a 4-0 lead by the second inning, thankfully, because Sabathia has struggled in his previous three outings. It may have seemed Sabathia about to hit those bumps again as he allowed a double to Evan Longoria and a walk to Wil Myers in the second inning.

Yet, Sabathia was bailed out when Sean Rodriguez hit a ground ball to third baseman Yangervis Solarte.

Solarte fielded the ball, touched third, threw to second and the ball went around the horn to complete a triple play. The play marked the second straight year Sabathia has been the beneficiary of a triple play.… Click here to read the rest

Sabathia’s Velocity Will Be Watched Again

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CC Sabathia’s fastball velocity was one the biggest–and most annoying– stories of the Yankees season last year. Unfortunately, after his first spring training start on Saturday it is a story yet again.

Masahiro Tanaka’s dazzling debut took a little of the spotlight off of Sabathia, but it was a still a story after the game that Sabathia’s fastball only topped out at 88 MPH.

Despite the low fastball velocity, Sabathia pitched two scoreless inning against Philadelphia, while allowing two hits and striking out one.

“My fastball is what it is,” Sabathia told ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand. “If it gets better, it will. If not, it won’t. I can pitch. I’m fine. As long as I’m healthy, I’ll be good.”

Obviously, it is normal for a pitcher’s velocity to be down early in spring training as he builds up arm strength. However, since Sabathia had a velocity issue last year, he will be examined more closely. His fastball velocity averaged 91.1 MPH last year and improved as the season went along, although his performance certainly didn’t.… Click here to read the rest

Who should start a big game for the Yankees?

Texas Rangers v New York YankeesSince 2009 the answer to the question who should start a big game for the Yankees has had only one answer: CC Sabathia. Since 2009 CC has been dominant in pinstripes, earning his spots in big games. Except this year. Sabathia is essentially putting up his worst season – not as a Yankee, ever. Sabathia has currently put up 2.2 fWAR. His rookie season he managed just 2.8. Right now the big guy projects to come up short of the mark he managed as a rookie.

Given the fact that down the stretch the Yankees are going to play significant baseball, and may very well find themselves in the single game Wild Card playoff, it is worth asking if CC should get the ball in a must win situation. Right now the answer has to be no. Sabathia isn’t the best Yankee pitcher this season. Hiroki Kuroda is. (For what its worth, according to Fangraphs, Andy Pettitte and Ivan Nova have also both been better than CC.) In a pinch, on the merits, the Yankees should give the ball to Hiroki, not CC.… Click here to read the rest

What’s wrong with CC Sabathia?

Since joining the Yankees in 2009 no member of the team has been more consistent than CC Sabathia. The big guy joined the team and earned his paycheck from day one. Last season was a bit of a hiccup, but that criticism was overblown. Sabathia’s FIP was 3.33 in 2012, better than what he managed in 2009 or 2010. The only real weakness in his season was that the previously durable Sabathia spent time on the disabled list.

2013 has been a different story. Any criticism of CC is justified. His slash line is 4.66/4.26/3.69. That is pretty much his worst season in the big leagues. Entering Sunday’s game he’s posted an fWAR of 1.8, leaving him on pace for about 2.4 for the entire season, also his worst ever. No matter how you slice it, Sabathia is having a down year. Why?

The biggest culprit is that he’s giving up more homers. Prior to this season the most homers per game CC gave up since joining the Yankees was 0.76 in 2010.… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Sunday August 18th, Yankees at Red Sox

The Yankees and Red Sox have traded poundings the first two games of their series. After going off on Boston Friday night 10-3 the Yankee bats went dormant on Saturday and Boston thumped them 6-1. In tonight’s rubber match CC Sabathia takes the mound for the Yankees versus Ryan Dempster. Normally this is the type of match up that Yankee fans would die for: A must win game (if the Bombers are going to do anything this year then all the games are must wins) with the Yankee ace on the mound. Unfortunately, CC hasn’t had an ace season this year. Despite his struggles, and those of the larger team, the game remains an excellent opportunity for CC and the Yankees to make a statement in Boston. Enjoy!… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Sunday, July 14th, Twins vs Yankees

Yesterday’s loss to the Twins was frustrating. Phil Hughes had a solid game going until he gave up the two run homer in the eighth. His pitch count was approaching 110 at that point, raising questions as to why he was in the game at all. That said, the Yankees should have scored more than a single run. They’ll have a better chance to do that in today’s game. The Twins will send Kyle Gibson to the mound. In three games this season Gibson has pitched to a 7.27 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. He’s the kind of punching bag the depressed Yankee offense desperately needs. CC Sabathia will hold down the fort for the Yankees. Sabathia hasn’t been his usual self this year, but he should provide more than enough to keep the Twins at bay. Use this as your Game Thread. Enjoy!… Click here to read the rest

What’s wrong with CC Sabathia?

ny_g_sabathia_b1_400The Yankees are struggling right now for two reasons. The main reason they’re struggling is because this isn’t the same team that has been on the field the last two seasons. Injuries and age have decimated the Yankee lineup. The players picked up to fill in the gaps (Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner) simply aren’t as good as the players who are missing. But the second reason the Yankees are struggling is because the star players who aren’t hurt are not playing as well as they have in the past. Ichiro Suzuki has an 86 OPS+. Robinson Cano has a .492 SLG. And CC Sabathia has a 4.15 ERA.

The first two examples of struggling stars aren’t huge surprises. That’s who Ichiro was when the Yankees first acquired him. He stepped into the way-back machine for the end of last year. Cano, meanwhile, is prone to struggles. He may yet get hot and finish the season around his career averages.… Click here to read the rest