Yankees: Ranking CC Sabathia’s top five moments over the past 11 years

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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 10: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees celebrates pitching a complete game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 10, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) /

The 2011 season

From 2009 to 2012 CC had four straight incredible seasons, but the 2011 campaign had to be his best as a Yankee from a statistical standpoint. In 33 starts the left-hander went 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA in 237.1 IP and finished the season with a career-best 6.4 WAR. Some might argue that his 2010 season was better when he went 21-8 but I’d rank it as a very close second because that year he had a slightly higher ERA 3.18 and 33 fewer strikeouts (197).

CC pitched three complete games in 2011 and threw one shut out which will go down as the 12th and final one of his career. He also made his fifth and final career All-Star team and finished fourth in the AL Cy Young voting.

He was second in the AL in strikeouts behind the AL Cy Young and MVP Justin Verlander with 230 which ties him with teammate Luis Severino (2017) for the third-most in a single season in franchise history. On July 26th he had a start where he set a career-high with 14 K’s and later that September he struck out Torii Hunter for the 2000th of his career.