This year’s Major League Baseball season continues to be dominated by pitching. The latest example came Thursday from CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees. Sabathia threw eight innings against the Oakland A’s allowing only one hit along the way, as the Yankees moved to 84-50 on the season.
For Sabathia it improves his win total to a league leading 19 games on the season, tying a personal best that occurred once last season and once in the 2007 season. Sabathia breezed through the Oakland lineup today, striking out 5 along the way. Sabathia’s pitching dominance was evident by Oakland’s struggle to even hit the ball out of the infield.
Jorge Posada gave Sabathia all the run support he would need in the second inning with a solo home run. The Yankees would tack on four more runs for insurance over the course of the game as Curtis Granderson homered in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Sabathia’s win today came against another pitcher who has shown the same type of pitching prowess a few times this season, Dallas Braden. Braden pitched well through five innings, but that’s about where it ended as Braden was removed from the game in the sixth inning with leg cramps.
In his next start, which should come next week against Baltimore, Sabathia will look to become this season’s first 20-game winner, and the first pitcher since 2008 when both Cliff Lee and Brandon Webb put up 22 in the win column.
Sabathia also added to his win streak at home in New York’s Yankee Stadium. He’s now 16-0 in his last 21 starts in the Bronx. That streak dates back to the 2009 All-Star break, but even without the home winning streak, Sabathia is easily a top candidate for the American League Cy Young award.
I’m sure he’d agree that adding a second Cy Young Award in a year that is largely regarded as “the year of the pitcher” would be the perfect accessory for his first Cy Young Award that came in 2007.
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