About a month ago, before his 13th start of the season, I broke down some numbers for CC Sabathia. There were a few reasons for concern, notably a home run rate far above his career norms. Everything else, however, looked about the same when compared to his first dozen starts in 2009. Since then Sabathia has been nothing but lights out. He has pitched 38 innings, striking out 32 to 13 walks, and allowing just seven earned runs. He also has not allowed a home run in that span.
Through 17 starts he currently has 7.2 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, 0.9 HR/9, and 7.3 H/9. Through 17 starts last year he had 6.75 K/9, 2.67 BB/9, 0.78 HR/9, and 7.69 H/9. In other words, reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated.