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.…

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Some quick Saturday news and notes: 6/29/13

Happy afternoon! Instead of watching an afternoon game, like we should be doing on a weekend, we’re stuck waiting for the Yankees and Orioles to play a primetime contest on Fox. Lucky us!

Anyway, here are a couple of news items, in case you missed them:

  • Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers has the Yankees on his no-trade list. Gallardo, who is in the midst of a pretty terrible season (4.20 ERA in 98.2 innings), also listed the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Toronto Blue Jays on that list. The Yankees don’t need pitching anyway. They need offense.
  • Speaking of that, George King of the NY Post is reporting that the Yankees have an interest in Michael Young of the Phillies. The third baseman is batting 289/.348/.412 with five home runs this year for the Philadelphia which is better than what the Yankees are getting from third base at the moment.
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Quick recap: Orioles 4, Yankees 3

My reaction to tonight’s game:

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And this isn’t going to be a long, drawn out, verbose recap because, honestly, I’m really not in the mood to rehash the whole game.

But here’s what you need to know: CC Sabathia was cruising, he even took a no-hitter bid into the sixth and then BAM! He gives up three runs in the sixth and gave up a solo shot in the seventh to Nate McClouth and the Yankees lost the game.

This kind of game is the most frustrating one to sit through because it looks like everything is going right and then suddenly the wheels fall off. The Yankees scored first, Robinson Cano may be coming out of his funk (he finished 3-5 with an RBI) and even Vernon Wells had an RBI. The Yankee offense had 11 hits. 11! And the Orioles only had five but they made the most of those five hits.…

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Game 79: Insert witty title here

The Yankees are in Baltimore to take on the Orioles and the Yankees offense couldn’t hit water if it fell off a boat. Either this is going to be the worst weekend of the season OR the Yankees will shock the hell out of us.

Tonight, CC Sabathia is taking on T.J. McFarland. Sabathia is looking for his 200th career victory.

Here are the lineups again, in case you missed them earlier:

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Nix SS
Cano 2B
Wells DH
Suzuki RF
Almonte LF
Stewart C
Adams 1B
Gonzalez 3B

ORIOLES
Markakis RF
Machado 3B
Hardy SS
Jones CF
Davis 1B
Wieters C
Valencia DH
McLouth LF
Casilla 2B

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Quick hit: Sabathia’s start moved up to tonight, Phelps scratched UPDATED

So CC Sabathia will be making the start tonight in place of David Phelps who was scratched. This is according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

No word on what’s wrong with Phelps or if there is actually anything wrong. Could it be a trade? We’ll let you know when we get the information.

UPDATE:

Well, that was anti-climatic.

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Quick Hit: Vote For Tyler Austin

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The All Star break is only a couple of weeks away. Though it won’t be in the Bronx, most Yankee fans will be able to commute to Citi Field this year to see Robinson Cano lead the Home Run Derby and Mariano Rivera (hopefully) close out his last All Star game. There’s also an All-Star Futures Game to look forward to, and the Yankees’ organization has already claimed one spot with RHP Rafael DePaula. There are two open between the US Team and World Team, and the Yankees’ very own Tyler Austin is eligible in this year’s fan vote. He’s going up against some stiff competition in the Mets’ Brandon Nimmo, the Tigers’ Nick Castellanos, the Red Sox Garin Cecchini, and the White Sox’ Courtney Hawkins.

Austin has hit .273/.365/.393 with 5 home runs this season in the pitcher-friendly Trenton Thunder Baseball Stadium. (He owns an .851 OPS on the road) With park factors added into the equation, Austin has a .349 wOBA on the season, and that’s after producing a .388 wOBA in Tampa last year.…

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