CC Sabathia has never been a 5th starter. Today he broke new ground.
Believers fight. Believers take what they feel about their abilities, harness it and they push! They long for the thrill of victory... they dig deep and they push themselves over the hump. What CC Sabathia did today was huge for him for many reasons, but in the end, he helped his TEAM and they helped him back. You gotta love this Big Lug.
6 innings pitched today. He gave up 4 hits and only 3 runs. He struck out 3, walked 4 and the biggest number I saw was this; He gave up no home runs. CC was the only one in the Yankees rotation to go 6 in his first start this season. That means something. That means confidence. It means rooting, meaning, Girardi was rolling the dice, but ultimately he knew he should watch him closely but let him throw the 6th, and so, he rooted as a manager. It also means CC lives another day as a starter. You know what? Good for him.
On a day where Nick Swisher took headlines for signing a minor league deal with the Yankees, (Read NICK SWISHER IS BACK WITH THE YANKEES!), the story about CC's performance today will be missed, but it shouldn't be. He kept the Yankees in the game, and allowed his offense to score runs. It was a good day.
Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez had home runs. Brian McCann was 3-4 today. Jacoby Ellsbury had 3 RBIs. The pen of Yates, Shreve, Betances and Miller was able to only give up 1 more run by the Tigers. In the end, the Yankees rallied and helped preserve CC's first win of the season.
I leave you will a quote from SABATHIA WILL FIGHT WITH DECK STACKED AGAINST HIM,
a piece I wrote this morning...
"Many will bet against him... I will not."
Final: Yankees 8 - Tigers 4
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