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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It’s been a crazy week in Major League Baseball. A-Rod and Strasburg are both taking some time on the DL to nurse injuries, Albert Pujols has crept up the 400 home run mark for his career, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays are quickly becoming one of the best rivalries in baseball.
While last week it seemed that division leaders seemed to be the key match-ups, this week it seems to be possible post-season previews that litter the schedule. In the American League, the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins are in the midst of a heated series. In the National League, the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds are doing battle as well.
This week’s MLB Watch is highlighted by some eye-catching footwear not available yet to those without a big league contract. Robinson Cano seems to be enjoying the Nike Diamond Elite, and with his colorway being subtle he doesn’t have to worry about being fined like Brian Wilson. David Ortiz has been making the most of his Reebok U-Form Player Exclusives. However, it was CC Sabathia that really stole the show, wearing some “Concord” Jordan 11 cleats to grab his American League-leading 17th win of the season.
Derek Jeter wearing the Jordan Jeter Throwback PE.
Robinson Cano in the Nike Diamond Elite PE.
Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano wearing the Jordan Jeter Throwback PE and Nike Diamond Elite PE respectively.
Jon Jay lays down a bunt wearing the Nike Air Max MVP cleats and Show Elite batting gloves.
Kyle Lohse pitches wearing the a glove from the Rawlings Heart of the Hide collection.
Albert Pujols slides in safely wearing the Nike Diamond Fury PE.
Evan Longoria wearing Nike Shox Fuse cleats and Nike Batting Gloves.
Hunter Pence makes a nice catch wearing Reebok cleats Rawlings Heart of the Hide glove.
Barry Zito had a rough start wearing custom stitched Rawlings Heart of the Hide glove.
Buster Posey about to make use of his PE Under Armour Pro catcher’s equipment.
Vladimir Guerrero wearing the adidas Diamond King PE.
David Ortiz wearing his PE Reebok U-Form cleats.
CC Sabathia breaks out another Air Jordan 11 Player Exclusive.
Another look at Sabathia’s “Concord” Air Jordan 11 Player Exclusive.
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