CC Sabathia is good at pitching, this is not news. How good he has been recently may surprise you though.
In his last 14 starts, CC is 12-2 with a 2.06 ERA while holding batters to a .210/.259/.280 line in 109 innings. He has yielded just 83 hits over that span with 26 runs — 25 earned — to go with 106 strikeouts to 24 walks. Beast.
He’s been even filthier over his last seven starts (6-1), with the lone loss coming on an eight-inning, five-hit, two-run performance against the Rays on July 21.
His finest work of the season (and perhaps ever) came last night when he took a perfect game 6 1/3 innings. He battled two rain delays to go seven innings and gave up a run on one hit with a career-high 14 Ks to only three walks…and those three walks came in his final inning when he walked the bases loaded. That performance made him MLB’s first 15-game winner (15-5) this year.
On the season*, CC’s 156 punchouts rank second in the AL (Verlander, 169) and third in all of baseball (Kershaw, 173); his 2.56 ERA is fifth best in the AL and ninth best in the majors; his 3.63 pitches per plate appearance is sixth lowest in the AL and his 14.8 pitches per inning is tied (with teammate Fabulous Freddy) for fourth best in the AL; his 1.11 WHIP is tied for 10th best in the AL and tied for the lowest of his career (2008); and each of his opponent’s triple slash numbers rank in the top 10 in the AL (with SLG ranking third).
For the stat heads: *his 2.73 DIPS is best in the AL and fifth best in all of ball; **his 5.6 WAR leads all of MLB; his 3.03 xFIP is third best in the AL and eighth best in the majors while his FIP is the best in the AL and fourth best in the majors; and his 4.2% HR/FB% is third best in the AL and fourth best in the majors.
In other words: he’s been nice this year. When he opts out after the season I really hope the Yanks break the bank for him. He’s earned it.
*among qualified starters entering play Wednesday, according to ESPN.com.
**among qualified starters entering play Wednesday, according to Fangraphs.com.