Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CC Sabathia On A Mission

CC Sabathia (14-4, 2.64 ERA) is pitcher on a mission: Do I hear Reverberations of an Opt-Out?

Sabathia has the second best pitcher's WAR in baseball, 4.8. Halladay is #1 with 5.1. He's earning his way to a new deserving contract.    

He has tossed at least 7.0 innings with 1R or less in each of his last five starts, becoming the second pitcher in franchise history to record such a streak matching Steve Kline (six straight such starts in 1972).

He’s 7-0 with 1.68 ERA (53.21P, 10ER) and 59K over his last seven starts (including three scoreless starts) and 11-1 with a 2.11 ERA (94.01P, 22ER) over his last 12 starts since 5/19.

Has allowed just two runs over his last 43.21P dating back to 6/19 at Chicago-NL. His seven straight
winning starts matches his second-longest consecutive start winning streak (also 8/5-9/7/05) behind his eight straight from 6/3-7/11/10…is the fourth-longest overall winning streak of his career.

Reached the All-Star break with a 13-4 record, marking his most career wins before the break and became the fifth Yankees pitcher to own the outright ML lead in wins at the All-Star break: also Vic Raschi (13-3, 1949), Bob Turley (12-3, 1958), Whitey Ford (16-2, 1961) and Ron Guidry (13-1, 1978).

On his last start before he turns 31 yrs old (against the Blue Jays) he earned his 171st win of his career.  The last ten pitchers who had at least 167 victories before their 31st birthday are all Hall-of-Famers: Bob Feller (turned 31 in 1949), Hal Newhouser (1952), Robin Roberts (1957), Don Drysdale (1967), Juan Marichal (1968), Ferguson Jenkins (1974), Tom Seaver (1975), Jim Palmer (1976), Catfish Hunter (1977) and Bert Blyleven (1982).

CC Sabathis turns 31 tomorrow and has won 171 games in his career. The last pitcher to win more
games before his 31st was Catfish Hunter (202).

Do the Yankees extend his contract before he opts out and keep Boston from Salivating or roll the dice in free agency?

Source: Elias

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