Win #250 is proving quite elusive for CC Sabathia.
The Yankees (41-27) lost 10-2 to the White Sox Friday night, and fell out of first place. They are 1/2 a game behind Tampa Bay. Boston sits in third, 6 back of the Rays and 5 1/2 back of the Yankees.
The problem is that in this month of June, they are 4-8 as the pitching is collapsing.
Never mind that Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton may be coming back soon. Right now, I’d feel better if it were Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery.
In the 12 games of June, the Yankees have given up 77 runs. That is one short of 6 1/2 runs per game. You can’t win like that.
More at the bottom of the column. As for the game…
Luke Voit homered (17) in the first inning. 1-0 Yanks, but CC couldn’t get out of a first and third, two out jam, giving up a 3-run HR, then two walks and a single made it 4-1 Chicago after one inning.
Chicago got an unearned run in the second, 5-1. They knocked out CC with a run in the fifth.
Luis Cessa was awful, giving up four runs in the sixth, three via a HR.
An error gave the Yanks a run in the ninth, but they lost 10-2.
A bad game. The Yanks only scored two runs, got just six hits, made two errors, and the pitching gave up 10 runs. Not a good night.
Voit 2 for 2, solo HR (17), 2 walks.
Clint Frazier 2 hits.
Sabathia (L, 3-4, 4.42) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 10 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.10
Hale 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.20
I know CC is retiring at the end of the season, but lately I wonder how much is left in the tank now. One thing with CC—even if he pitches well, he doesn’t give you length anymore. He gives you five, then you are using up the bullpen.
And other starters aren’t giving you length either. You worry about bullpen burnout.
Which I why I can see Cashman working the phones. Also why getting outbid on Keuchel may come back to hurt the Yankees.
Ok, some numbers. The first is the pitcher’s ERA as of June 1, the second is the ERA now. The ones most striking are:
CC 3.48 to 4.42
Cessa 3.16 to 6.10
Paxton 2.81 to 4.04
German (from May 21, not June 1) 2.60 to 3.86
For German, we now know he is on the IL with the hip problem. You wonder about the knees of Paxton and CC.
As for Cessa, who had a good spring training and who was Ok through May, you just wonder…anything wrong there physically?
Adam Ottavino didn’t give up any runs between April 21 and June 9 but did in each of his last two appearances.
Tommy Kahnle had that blip on June 9, giving up 4 runs.
Zack Britton had a blip June 5, giving up 3 runs then.
For Ottavino, Kahnle and Britton, you wonder if the law of averages just caught up with them (they were due for a blip) or if overuse (the starters don’t give length) is catching up to them.
I know it’s a different time, and that starters don’t go deep anymore, but here is the average innings per start.
Tanaka 83/14 is almost 6.
Happ 75.3/14 is 5 1/3
CC 57/11 is 5
German 68/12 is 5 2/3
Paxton 49/10 is 5.
5 x 32 starts a year is 160 IP. That doesn’t even qualify you for the ERA title (you need 162 IP).
I won’t get into Loaisiga and the openers.
But a worrisome trend. The starters don’t get into the sixth. The bullpen gets overtaxed. Some injury issues (CC/Paxton knee, German hip). The pitching in June falling apart.
The pitching has to turn around, and you wonder how it’ll do so.
Internally? Guys have to pitch better, and by the time Severino and Montgomery are ready, it could be too late.
or Externally? And if externally, who, when and for what?
But something has to change, and fast.