Game 28. Yanks lose 5-1. What to do with CC?


The Yanks lost Wednesday evening 5-1, and an interesting question is looming. What will or can the Yankees do with CC Sabathia? 

In a few weeks, Chris Capuano will be coming back. Same with Ivan Nova. Both are starting rehabs. The same with Tanaka when he is ready.

Normally, the answer would be obvious. They replace the worst pitcher in the rotation with someone who will be better.

Well, here are some numbers.

4-0, 2.97; 2-1, 3.22 (on DL); 2-0, 3.81; 2-1, 4.78; 1-0, 0.75 (two starts)…

and 0-5, 5.45. The 0-5 (leads MLB in losses) is CC.

The Yanks are 17-11, 17-6 if you take away CC.

Normally the answer is obvious, you would take that pitcher out of the rotation, but the problem here is that this pitcher is making $23MM this year, $25MM next year and there is a $25MM vesting option for 2017 (with conditions). That is a lot of money to eat.

CC’s problems have not been short-term. This isn’t a blip. He is 17-22, 4.94 since 2012. If he wasn’t CC, and wasn’t earning all that money, he would be a #5 starter trying to hold on to his job. Right now, I cringe when his turn in the rotation comes up.

So normally, the Yanks would just replace CC in the rotation when someone, like Nova, is ready. But in this case, it isn’t that easy. It’ll be interesting to see what the Yankees do.

CC went 6 1/3, 4 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 4 K. Not terrible, but he needs run support now, is not an ace, and the Yanks didn’t give him any run support last night. 0-5, 5.45. You wonder when he will get that first win of the season.

You wonder what happens in a few weeks if CC continues to be winless, has an ERA over 5.00, and the others are ready.

Rogers 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.89.

Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.61.

To be fair, the Yanks only scored one run on seven hits. Two hits were by just recalled Jose Pirela, who replaced Gregorio Petit, who was placed on the DL.

A-Rod got hit #2960, 40 away from 3000.

The win against the Yanks was a long time coming for Mark Buehrle. The Yanks had owned him. It was Buehrle’s first win over the Yanks since 2004.


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