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All CC, All the Time
Friday, March 27, 2009
Between A-Rod's steroid-palooza and the WBC excitement (and my admitted lack of timely updates) this winter, I've barely mentioned just how happy I am that the Yankees pulled out all the stops to bring CC Sabathia to the team. It was announced this week that CC will be the starter for both Opening Day in Baltimore and for the first game at the new Stadium on April 16th, and for good reason. AJ will be solid and I expect huge things from Teixeira for years to come, but CC is going to have a bigger impact on the 2009 team than all the other signings the Yanks made this year combined - mark my words.

What I love about this man (besides his slim, sexy physique, of course) is that he is a true workhorse. He's obviously a talented dude, but what makes him a gem is his Energizer Bunny-esque endurance. After pitching 240 innings in 2007 he upped the ante last year, going 250 innings, bunches of which came on short rest or during complete games (or both). He pitched seven complete games last year - for comparison, the entire Yankees staff combined for ONE complete game in 2008 (courtesy of the pre-injury Wangster against the BoSox on April 11, 2008) - and showed no measurable drop-off even at the end of what was surely an exhausting season. No injuries, either! While he looks far from athletic, he's clearly doing something right.

The Yanks threw more cash at CC than any other pitcher has ever received (and Boras isn't even his agent!), but despite the cost it is arguably one of the least risky expenses the team has. After 8 seasons of perfect health (do a CTRL-F for "injury", "disabled list", or "hurt" on any CC article - you'll see) and extremely steady performances - the difference between his best years and his worst years is incredibly small - continued success is as close to a sure thing as you can get in baseball. Baseball Prospectus is predicting the following for CC in his debut year in pinstripes:

Games: 33
W-L: 16-9
ERA: 3.43
IP: 231
Strikeouts: 201
Home Runs: 22
BB: 53

The Yankees have not had a pitcher like that in YEARS. The last time the Yanks had a starting pitcher power through 230+ innings was way back in 1997 when Dandy Andy pitched 240. Being able to count on a solid start from CC week in and week out is going to do wonders for the Yanks in terms of the actual wins he can provide, of course, but the stability he'll offer is going to be big, too. For the past several years the Yankees' rotation has been riddled with old dudes and injury-prone idiots (often one and the same, actually), with different people cycling in and out constantly. Being able to count on the ace is going to be a welcome luxury not just for us fans to watch but for the whole team's morale!

Am I overexcited? Expecting too much? Glorifying a fatass? Methinks not. I cannot fathom this NOT working out.

(Just stay the fuck away from my man, C-Pav).
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On a completely unrelated "BTW" note directed to my fellow wrestling fans, I implore y'all to take a brief moment off from creating CC Sabathia fansites (oh, that's just me?) and check out Paul Heyman's site www.heymanhustle.com - even though WWE's been marginally less cheesey lately (Randy Orton is pure evil and I'm 100% in on HHH's justifiable rage), nothing beats the genius of Paul E. Plus, he's a Yankees fan. BOOYAKA!

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, March 27, 2009  
4 Comments:
  • At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Bronx Baseball Daily said…

    CC really reminds me of Wells in a couple of ways. First, the obvious, and also because they seem to be rubber arms that always want the ball and aren't afraid of New York.

     
  • At 3:31 PM, Blogger Sports Lover said…

    Hi,
    I love your site! It's always refreshing to find other women who enjoy talking baseball. I just started a blog last week. It kinda focuses a lot on the superficial aspect of the game (aka how good-looking the players are), but I'll be discussing some baseball as well once the season starts up.
    Anyway, how did you become a Yankee fan in San Diego? I think it's a fantastic decision :) but I'm always curious as to how people get into teams not from their area.
    Again, great site :)

     
  • At 3:50 PM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    As much of a work horse as CC is, I think the Yanks would be wise to keep him around 200-310 IP during the regular season.

    He has been to the post season 3 times now. The most constant dig against him are his post season stats; 2-3, 7.02 ERA, and 22 walks to 24 Ks. But if you look closer. The 1rst year was his rookie year and he got the W only giving up 3 runs over 6 innings. The second time through he had 241 innings logged before the playoffs began, his nighest by 31. Last year his total was 253, including his one man show to get the Brew Crew in the playoffs near the end of the season.

    I know it's a big tank, but it would be better to have some left over than not to have enough.

     
  • At 8:42 AM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    correction 200-210 not 310.

     
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