CC battles through eight in win over ChiSox

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This game was dangerously close for far too long. The Yankees jumped out to quick 2-0 lead then tacked on another run, but the White Sox scored two and seemed to have a runner or two in scoring position with less than two outs all game long. But hey, a win’s a win…

  • CC Sabathia really, and I mean really had to grind this one out. He didn’t have his good slider and didn’t have much command of his changeup, which is why he allowed ten hits to one of the weaker offenses in baseball. Alexei Ramirez touched him up for a two-run homer in fourth, but double plays helped him escape the second, third, and fifth innings. Adam Dunn, who went from awesome to embarrassingly bad in one winter, struck out to end rallies in the sixth and eighth. Sabathia only threw 104 pitches but they were 104 tough pitches, it’s pretty impressive he completed eight full innings.
  • The Yankees had a run just seven pitches into the game. Brett Gardner started the game off with an infield single (stop sliding into first, kthxbye) and came around to score on Curtis Granderson‘s single. Grandy scored two batters later when Robinson Cano singled him, then scored two innings later on Cano’s double play. It looked like the Yanks were on their way to another blowout win, but Jake Peavy settled down and allowed just three of the final 16 men he faced to reach base.
  • Granderson and Mark Teixeira were the only batters in the lineup with multiple hits, though Gardner (single), Cano (single), Eric Chavez (single), Jorge Posada (single), Andruw Jones (pinch-walk), and Eduardo Nunez (walk) all reached once. Nick Swisher and Frankie Cervelli combined for a particularly ugly 0-for-7 with two whiffs each. Just one of the final 14 men they sent to the plate reached base, and that was Andruw’s pinch-walk.
  • How awful does Dunn look? As if the 0-for-4 with three strikeouts wasn’t bad enough, he also misplayed a ball in the first and let another one that he should have handled get past him. He has three hits against left-handed pitchers this year (three!!!), the same number as the lefty hacking Clayton Kershaw. The boos were quite loud, and I can’t imagine he’s anything but miserable. As for Peavy, his stuff clearly isn’t what it was in San Diego. I watched him quite a bit with the Padres, and the life just isn’t there anymore. His fastball used to run all over the place in the mid-90’s, now it just kinda wiggles in their right at 90. For shame. He did a fine job in this game though, obviously.
  • Mariano Rivera slammed the door in the ninth with nine pitches, all strikes. Here’s the box score, here’s the nerd stats, here’s the standings.

Game two of this four-game set will be played Tuesday evening, when Phil Hughes could be pitching for his job against John Danks. Full-blown recaps will return then, it’s been a hectic few days.

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  • The Big City of Dreams

    SMH this is disgusting CC needs to be arrested

  • Cuso

    Good thing CC went 8 again.

    I’ll set the under/over of bullpen innings pitched at 5.1 tomorrow.

    Nothing like a Hughes “fastball” to get the Big Donkey back on track, as well.

    • Alfredo

      UNDER!!!!!!! Hughes will pitch very good tomorrow not just good but he will dominate.

      • 4everbronx


      • Joel

        Talk about being just a tad optimistic. Exactly what has Hughes shown us since he’s come back that he’s going to be anything more then what he’s been? While I’m hoping for a win and a dominant preformance, I’m prepared for another struggle by Hughes.

        The fact that Nova is forcing a major decision of who will be the 5th starter by his consistantly solid outings, can’t make Hughes feel any better about himself.

  • Kevin G.

    Gotta feel for Dunn

    • Mike Axisa

      What the hell happened to him? He looks so unbelievably bad, it’s not even funny. It’s just sad.

      • Xstar7

        And the guy is only 31. Theoretically he should still be in his prime.

      • Guest

        Have the White Sox tried shutting him down for a week? At this point, I think he just needs to pretend that 2011 hasn’t started yet.

        He’s only 31 and one of the game’s best/most consistent power/OBP hitters shouldn’t suddenly become, literally, the worst hitting regular of all-time.

        The human mind is a weird thing. He seems to be in a weird mental state that is just sabotaging each trip to the plate. He needs a reset button. Start fresh.

        Also, just how poorly would you have to perform, how much grief would you have to get from fans, how miserable would showing up to the park have to become, for one to walk away from a 50 million dollar contract?

        I don’t know how I would react if I were in the situation, but I would imagine that I would still go out there for everyday of that deal even if I were hitting .000/.000/.000. Newspaper headlines and boos from strangers are one thing, setting up your family for generations is another thing entirely.

        • Joel

          Exactly. the guy is making 56 million. For 58 million I’d show up everyday, try to re-screw my head on, and get on with it. The White Sox aren’t thrilled with either is offense or his defense, but they’re stuck with him. He has zero trade value, so they have to play him. Sounds kind of like Jason Bay if you ask me.

          • pete

            so you think if they gave him another 2 mil, he’d get back on track?

        • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

          After his third strikeout last night the guy walked off the mound like a wounded puppy. He looked miserable.

          They just need to shut that guy down for a few days.

        • Sayid J.

          I know it’s a lot of money, but I don’t think it’s worth being miserable every day of your life for 4 years. He’s made enough to live comfortably, I couldn’t imagine living my life everyday like he has to right now. Truly painful to watch.

      • Mark D.

        Granderson doubled Gardner in during the 1st inning.

        What happened with Peavy was that his body couldn’t take the wear and tear. Even during his Cy Young run in 2007, he didn’t throw a complete game usually finishing 7 innings in the NL West playing half his games at Petco Park. The next year he pitched about 170 innings with his velocity dipping. His next injury to his ankle I believe led to his next injury as there was a possibility he compensating and not putting pressure on on the strained tendon while trying to maintain velocity by overexerting and damaging his shoulder. His body just couldn’t handle the toll that pitching has on a person’s arm, elbow, and shoulder.

      • Rick in Boston

        I checked Fangraphs before last night’s game. He’s striking out at a higher rate than normal (36%), but also popping up balls at a rate higher than Tex (14%). Also, his HR/FB has dropped off a cliff. So statistically, this might just be an outlier and someone will take a chance on him in a buy-low situation.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I truly feel sorry for him, salary be damned. You can see how stressed out and lost the guy is when you watch. It’s a shame.

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    Missed game. Traveling. Favorite part of boxscore … pitches/strikes 9/9 Rivera, Mariano.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    If CC couldn’t dominate the punchless White Sox, how can we trust him in the playoffs against Boston and Texas!!!111one!

  • Alfredo

    What do you guys think about Yu Darvish?

    • Steamed Clams

      91~94mph, touches higher to upper-90’s when he needs to. Solid command to both sides of the plate with both his fastballs and breaking stuff and still young (24 now, I believe?) will be interesting to watch if he comes to MLB

      • Alfredo

        I think the Yankees will keep an eye on him and if they like him they will sign him. He fits right into what cashman is doing he is young and talented.

        • Xstar7

          Darvish has dominated the NBP but the Yankees have had some pretty bad luck when it comes to Japanese pitchers. The main difference between Darvish and guys like Igawa and Irabu though are that he is several years younger and then they were when they came to the United States and he has put up even more impressive stats. Regardless, the Yankees should still be hesitant on Yarvish.

          • Alfredo

            I like this guy and think he will thrive in the ML.

          • radnom

            To be fair, everyones had pretty shaky luck when it comes to Japenese pitchers. Doesn’t mean they should give up though. Anytime you can get young, potentially elite talent from the international market for strictly cash they Yankees should take serious interest.

            I’m unconvinced about Darvish – for the right price though, why not?

            • Rick in Boston

              Big concern on Darvish is that he’s got massive innings on his arm. Mike covered it in a chat a few weeks ago, but between high school, college and the pros, Darvish has significantly more innings than similarly aged MLB pitchers.

    • Gonzo

      For the right price and posting fee, could be a good pickup.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Considering the talent jump from NPB to MLB is like AAA to MLB. Also with the fact that Japanese pitchers only pitch once a week compared to once every five days in the majors is also a factor that hurts Japanese pitchers. Finally, the fact that Japanese pitchers can pitch up in the zone with less stuff and continue to get results is also very concerning. Considering that a top 50 MLB pitching prospect is worth 16 million dollars I would not be willing to pay more than 25-30 million total for Yu Darvish. In all likelihood the total price will be much more than that number so pass.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I dare get my hopes up that CC can beat the Red Sox.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Mass panic if he doesn’t.

    • Guest

      I think we’re all getting a little too concerned about the Red Sox. If memory serves, we started off 0-8 against the Red Sox in 2009, and that season turned out OK.

      This weekend series is important, but there is a 94% chance that the Yanks will make the playoffs, and that’s when the really important games will start.

      Until then (knocks on wood) let’s enjoy a talented, effective, and fun to root for Bronx nine.

      • dkidd

        imagine how much more fun (read: gut churning) the rivalry would be if there were no wild card

        • boogie down

          It would be absolute madness. A three-game sweep in May at the hands of the Red Sox would be seen as apocalyptic. Not that it already isn’t seen that way…

      • Pete

        The division is still really important though. Number 1, because the Yankees’ competition is the Red Sox and more importantly because the winner gets to face the winner of the Central in the ALDS.

        • Guest

          Until ML presents a real handicap for winning the wild card instead of the division, I just don’t think it is THAT important.

          I understand that home field advantage v. the central winner is > on the road v. Texas, but I certainly don’t think who they face and when will be the difference between winning the WS and losing it.

          As for winning the division because our competition for the division is the Red Sox: That could not mean less to me at all. Again, we won the division in 2004. Sox won the ALCS. I would gladly switch.

          No one made the ’03 Marlins or ’04 Sox give back their WS championships because they made the playoffs as a wildcard.

    • Joel

      Boston is not unbeatable. They have their own pitching issues. And while CC hasn’t had the best of records them, he’s pitching at a level now that he can win and dominant against anyone. Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he still goes deep into the game, and finds a way to win.

  • Midland TX

    Sorry, a bit off topic, but I was surprised to learn the extent to which Al Aceves has become a beanball-throwing Sawx d-bag. He’s tied for 3rd in the AL in HB behind Lackey and Lester:

    • Sayid J.

      Qualifying your statement by saying it’s off topic doesn’t make it okay. There’s an off-topic thread.

  • nycsportzfan

    I am still laughing about the Saltalamachia and Cabrera HR’s in the sox game.. I remember when all sox fans wanted to do was talk about our “bandbox” when Tex hit one out off a broken bat and it was nothing like Salty’s, which litteraly shattered in 2, and cabrera’s HR was a hard Linedrive that had no bussiness being a HR in some little league parks.. I really don’t care, but it makes me laugh when thinking of those pukes talking about our stadium..

  • nycsportzfan

    This is the offense i worry about. SUre, the numbers will speak of us being scoring demons and what not, that hit hr’s all day long, but these are the games that stick out to me this yr, it seems we have a TON of these, and when your in the playoffs with guys like Colon and Garica and AJ going up against teams like DET/BOS/TEX/PHILLY, u gotta wonder if the offense will be able to do enough to get by those teams with there beast offenses hitting aginst us..THe offense has to start to “HIT” consistently, that is for sure.. Its gonna be a strange postseason to say the least, and i’m hoping its not a quick one where we don’t hit enough and our sweet REG SEASON duo of Garcia and COlon get hit around to much for our streaky offense to recover from…

    • Kevin

      Have you seen some of the scores these teams have done in the past week or so? THere have been games where they haven’t lit up the scoreboard either.

      • Jim S

        Don’t bother.

        People who think our offense is terrible and inconsistent don’t bother to try and find teams who’s offense isn’t inconsistent.

        Because offenses like those don’t exist.

    • Jim S

      Wait, you worry about the games where we pitch well and win?

      When will anyone be happy? When we win 8-5 it’s our pitching that sucks, when we win 3-2 it’s our offense that sucks.

      Newsflash: There has never and will never be a team that pitches well and hits well in every single game. You have unrealistic expectations.

      • V


        The 1998 Yankees lost games. Amazingly, that’s a true statement.

      • Joel

        Well said. It’s just the nature of the game as it is today.

  • Monteroisdinero

    If ever Adam Dunn breaks out of it, tonight is the night. Phil better to be able to throw something other than a 91 mph straight fb for strikes.

    • David, Jr.

      Given no change and a shitty fastball, he needs his sharp curve. If not, the hitter doesn’t have much to worry about.

  • CMP

    I can’t remember a star player at a relatively young age just fall off a cliff like Adam Dunn. His AB against CC in the 8th may have been the worst I’ve ever seen a major leaguer look, especially the first 2 swings. If you pulled a guy out of the stands and sent him up to bat against CC, I can’t imagine he could look any worse than Dunn.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      I don’t think that was Dunn up there in the 8th. In fact, I think it was Will Ferrell, who is going to play Dunn in the bio on Dunn’s life.

    • Jorge

      Andruw Jones would like a word with you.

      • Sayid J.

        And if Andruw Jones had a word with CMP, he’d say “I went from a 126 OPS+ to an 87 OPS+. Dunn’s drop is from 138 OPS+ to 63 OPS+!”

  • Hester Prynne

    CC didn’t look real good last night but he was up against a putrid offense and he got a little lucky with those DPs. Also got fortunate Konerko was out and his replacement was Adam Dunn. CC needs to be better against Boston. Colon and Garcia too, that is a crucial series that will set the tone for the stretch run and we’ve gotta win it.

  • CountryClub

    They brought CC back after the 2nd rain delay and he didnt look good. Yesterday, despite the score, he didnt look good. Let’s hope this isnt a trend. Let me be clear: I’m not panicking or anything…just pointing it out.

    He did have good velocity last night, though. So that’s a good sign.

    • David, Jr.

      Any of this would be the definition of unnecessary panicking.

      • Sayid J.


      • CountryClub

        “Let me be clear: I’m not panicking or anything…just pointing it out.”

        Can’t anyone make a comment on a blog without other people thinking the absolute worse?

        • Guns of the Navarone

          I read ya. No harm in having a worry here and there. I think some of the panic comments on this site have become a bit much… and therefor I think people have started to react to those comments in kind. But I agree it’s gone a little overboard. No reason to mock someone who has a concern or too.

          Anyway, CC wasn’t going to pitch the way he did over his previous seven (eight?) starts. But he seems to have a lot more velocity lately along with an insane slider. He hasn’t had to go to his changeup much over the last month so I think when he didn’t have his slider last night and went to his changeup it was a bit rusty. Nothing I would worry about.

          CC’s one of those pitchers who I think knows he hasn’t done well against the Sox. I think he’s the most competitive pitcher on the staff. He doesn’t show it much… but every now and then you get the beast mode roar out of him. There’s no one else I’d want on the mound for that game.

  • Sayid J.

    Swisher may have gone 0-4, but he smoked two balls back up the middle. One hit Peavy, the other was a diving stop by Alexei Ramirez. Definitely not an ugly game for him.

    • Monteroisdinero

      An ugly game for not running hard (as usual) down the first base line. These guys should look at some tape of Pete Rose who never made Swisher money but was a hell of alot better player and ran out everything down the line. 4 times a game isn’t so hard is it Swish? Oh-and Pete also ran out his walks at a fast pace-you don’t have to do that Swish.

      • Mike Axisa

        It was the line drive the shortstop caught until his glove hit the ground. You would have stopped running too, but don’t let that get in the way of your never-ending Swisher-bashing.

        • Monteroisdinero

          Sure Mike-Swish runs hard down the line on grounders all the time-he is Charlie Hustle and I shouldn’t bash him for last night. I’m happy if he even makes it to the bag on groundouts. I’ll bash him for that every time. Lots of people bash lots of players here. Not hustling doesn’t get a free pass.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Lots of people bash lots of players here.

            Lots of people bash lots of shitty players here. Only a few* people bash All-Star players and call for them to be benched to give more playing time to fringy, career backup journeymen they have an irrational man-crush on.

            (*and by “few”, I mean “one”).

            • David, Jr.

              What time is it? Golson time.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        Rose only hustled b/c he had to get back to the dugout to call his bookie.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        These guys should look at some tape of Pete Rose who never made Swisher money but was a hell of alot better player and ran out everything down the line.

        Pete Rose: Moral Compass

        • Rick in Boston

          I’ve got $5 that says there’s tape of him not hustling. Pete would take that bet.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Pete would parlay that bet with a bet that he also popped out and smiled on occasion.

            And Pete Rose would probably trade himself for Nick Swisher or Andruw Jones. In a cocaine heartbeat.

            • Rick in Boston

              Ready for your mind to be blown: Swisher and Rose have almost identical OPS+. Yeah, part of that might be because Rose hung on too long, but it’s part of the record. Kind of like how Swisher was forced to play for Ozzie Guillen.

              Rose: 118
              Swisher: 117

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    This is why I love CC…even when he doesn’t have his best stuff he still battles through it and gives 8. He kept his pitch count low and made the pitches when he needed to.

    He is gritty.

    • Mike Axisa

      He can’t be gritty, he’s a high-priced free agent.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Grit ≠ Yankee

        • Foghorn Leghorn

          my bad…its not Grit…its Grape Nuts

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Chris Sale is completely filthy. I’ll be interested to see what their plans are for him in the future. You’ve gotta try to put someone with that kind of stuff in the rotation and see if he can hold up.