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Red-Hot CC Sabathia Putting Together an Incredible Season

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Has Yankees’ lefty, CC Sabathia found the fountain of youth?

The Indians most definitely remember watching CC Sabathia‘s reign as Cleveland’s number one starter, taking home the AL Cy Young Award in 2007.  Brewer fans remember his short tenure in 2008 where he was practically untouchable posting a 1.70 ERA after he was traded from Cleveland. Yankee fans, especially, remember the days where he was the club’s star workhorse — he exemplified a true ace.

From 2006 to 2012, CC Sabathia was one of baseball’s most reliable pitchers. It was almost guaranteed when he started a game he’d go deep throwing 7+ innings with a great chance of winning the ballgame. He was the key to the Yankees World Series run in 2009. His reign was remarkable.

Even though he ended 2012 with great year racking up a 15-6 record with a 3.38 ERA and 197 strikeouts, the path Yankee fans hoped to never see began — disabled list. Since 2012, he had a long record of injuries. The injuries in the picture below are only from 2012- 2015.

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From 2013-2015 he posted a 23-37 record and an ERA of 4.93. As a whole, the three years were most definitely career worsts. Without their ace, the Yankees have looked lost. It’s been a hard past couple years for the Yankees, always falling short of their expectations. Mariano-less, Jeter-less, and a declining/banged up CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez.

So far, 2016 has been subpar for the Bronx Bombers. They currently stand 2 games under a .500 winning percentage at 32-3. They are 6.5 games behind the first place Orioles. It looks time to hit the restart button and go towards a youth movement once again. Coincidentally, the brightest spot for the Yankees’ is CC. Saying he’s having a 2007 AL Cy Young season up until this point is an understatement. He’s posting the lowest ERA of his career to this point (2.20) and if the Yankees bats would give him more run support he would easily racked up another 1 or 2 wins versus the 5 that he currently has. In his last 7 starts, he has an 0.82 ERA looking absolutely stellar. It has been a career year for CC and he’s on pace for his best season yet.

If CC continues his hot start and the Yankees can make some moves at the deadline, do not count the Yankees out of playoff race. Welcome back CC, baseball missed you.

Steven Cardona

Steven Cardona

Steven is an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida who lives in Naples, Florida. At USF, he is studying Business Management. He has an immense love and passion for the game of baseball. He worked with the Fort Myers Miracle in 2014 as a Public Relations intern. In 2016, he continued his work experiences within America's pastime with the New York Mets as an American Culture Instructor at the Mets Academy in the Dominican Republic.
Steven Cardona