LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees' Sabathia Triumphant In Return To Baltimore

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Yankees' Sabathia Triumphant In Return To Baltimore

The last time CC Sabathia went to Baltimore (with his team, anyway), he did some soul searching, presented himself to manager Joe Girardi and admitted he had a drinking problem. Last night, however, it was a different story.

A presumably sober CC put his team on his back and led them out of a horrifying six-game slide, to a 7-0 victory. His line was great: 7IP, 6H, 0R,0ER, 2BB, 6K. His ERA is now a solid 3.81. He looked like the CC of old, except that he wasn't. That hard-throwing lefty from the Cleveland Indians and the early part of his Yankees career is gone. What is left is a finesse pitcher who, I hope, will hang around for a while, because the Yankees desperately need him.

They weren't that desperate last night, however. The offense pounded out 10 hits and was a respectable 4-12 with runners in scoring position. This output gave the front office a bit of a reprieve, after they inexplicably called up a pitcher, lefty reliever James Pazos, to replace the DL'd Alex Rodriguez. When YES reporter Jack Curry explained the move, he seemed to imply that Pazos would only be there for the one game. Perhaps we'll see some more offensive help going forward.

For now, though, we savor a much-needed win, which generated a lot of good feelings. Let's hope those feelings continue in tonight's series finale, and during the upcoming homestand.

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