CC dominates as Yanks’ streak hits double digits

Heathcott & Ravel return in short season openers
Sabathia makes adjustment to dominate Braves
CC and Chris Stewart celebrate the Yanks’ tenth win in a row. (Getty Images)

At one point in the fifth inning of the Yanks’ Monday night affair against the Braves, the Bombers had yet to get a hit, and CC found himself in a spot of trouble. When a potential double play ball ricochetted off of Sabathia’s glove, the Braves found their inning still alive. A Michael Bourn single scored a run, but CC allowed just one more hit over the final four frames. The Yanks’ bats came alive, and the winning streak reached 10.

With the Yanks rolling as they’ve rolled since 2005, it’s gotten easy to enjoy their play. After a weekend of sweeping the Nats even without much hitting with runners in scoring position, Derek Jeter capitalized with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 5th as the Yanks took a lead they would not relinquish. Home runs by Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano gave the team a nice cushion, and CC cruised through the ninth.

For the Big Man, it was his eighth Yankee complete game and another double-digit strike out effort. He struck out Jason Heyward on a nasty slider to end the game and kept the streak alive. “You don’t think about it when you’re out there,” he said, “but you don’t want to be that guy. You’re watching everybody have good starts. We all pull for each other, and push each other, so you don’t want to be the guy to mess that up.”

So the Yankees are now 20-4 over their last 24 games, and they’ve won 10 in a row, all against teams above .500. With R.A. Dickey — CC’s next opponent on Sunday — stifling the Orioles for another one-hitter, the Yanks gained a game on second-place Baltimore as well. The team hopes this one goes to 11 tomorrow night when Hiroki Kuroda and Tim Hudson face off for the second time in a week. What a run it’s been lately. Can the Yankees keep playing the NL clubs forever?

As always, ESPN has the box score. The Fangraphs chart follows.

Source: FanGraphs

Heathcott & Ravel return in short season openers
Sabathia makes adjustment to dominate Braves
  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Wow just wow.

  • Nick

    Dickey is going to be a challenge

    • Will The Thrill

      We must acquire him before the Mets series.


    • forensic

      0 ER in his last 43 innings now I believe. If not for a Wright error and 2 passed balls by his catcher allowing an unearned run he’d be getting a lot more pub and really be nearing Hershiser’s scoreless innings record.

      • forensic

        And in those 43 innings he has 55 K’s and 5 BB’s. That’s just insane, even moreso for a knuckleballer.

        • forensic

          And just 16 hits.

          Why these all weren’t just put in one comment? I don’t know, just getting numbers as I think of them. Or I’m just a dumbass…

          • Steve (different one)

            RA Dickey would win the CY if the season ended today. Insane. He’s been the best pitcher in baseball.

            • Pinstripes In Cali

              Haven’t you guys read “Ball Four”? Knuckleballers can’t maintain dominance forever. He’ll fall apart soon enough.

              • Crime Dog

                There’s also never been a knuckleballer who throws it in the upper 70s-low 80s. Also, there’s never been (as far as I know) a pitcher with no UCL.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                That doesn’t negate the above statement, though. Right now, at this moment, no one is pitching better than him. We’re not talking HOF here. We’re talking what can he sustain for the rest of this season.

  • Betty Lizard


    And with a tip of the cap to a young Michael Jackson, I’m imagining the Yankee 5 (Derek, Alex, Tex, Robbie and Russell) singing:

    Easy as 1-2-3!
    As easy as do-re-mi!
    That’s how simple it can be!

    • Havok9120


      No. Just…..


    • jjyank

      I think I just FIP’ed.

      Or maybe I’m just tired and have a case of the Monday’s. Could be both though.

    • Dropped Third

      ….. Okkk then

    • Robinson Tilapia

      One of these would be naked, I assume.

    • Erica

      I don’t want to have an imagination anymore.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Kabak posts have such a flowing eloquence to them. Can tell if he wrote it even if I forgot to look at the byline.

    • jjyank

      They are a rare and delicate flower.

      No offense to Mike, of course.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        But will he show as much righteous anger after a loss?

    • Ana


  • Kevin

    Not like we’ve been facing weak NL teams either.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Sox got the Cubs. We get the Mets 6 times. Braves 6 times. Nats 3. Cincy.

      Not fair at all. Yankees still beastin’.

  • MK

    I saw Mr. Kabak on Fox 5 New @ 10 last night.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Were you able to make out the other two guys riding his coattails to fame?

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Not his first time on that show. Wonder if he knows someone ….

      Wonderful writing as usual, Bem. Nice to have your contributions when you’re able to provide them (Joe as well). And with all the work Mike does, I’m sure he also appreciates your efforts.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    Good win last night just keep it going.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I wish all pitchers’ struggles looked more like CC Sabathia’s.

    • mustang


    • Erica


  • sevrox

    2.5 up in the AL East – Keep ’em coming!

  • newguy

    hate to be negative but isn’t this kind of a lazy recap?

    • Pinstripes In Cali

      agreed. super lame recap.

    • MannyGeee

      it was poetic. almost zen-like, which is just what the dr called for during this tremendous streak.

    • Steve (different one)

      To be fair, the game was pretty nondescript. I’ll take 60 more just like it, but nothing crazy happened. Another day another w. works for me.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Why don’t you write a “non-lazy” recap on your blog?

      Oh, wait…

    • Benjamin Kabak

      I mean, I guess. What happened in the game last night that was worth 800-1000 words? The Yanks got no-hit for a few innings? Big deal. It was a routine 6-2 victory, and CC cruised. The problem with winning streaks from a storyline perspective is that there’s little “controversy” in the games.

  • nyyankfan_7

    “He lied to Congress…..”

    How so? Because the liberal media portrayed it that way to make headlines? Or because the saint Brian McNamee says he did?

    • nyyankfan_7

      somehow that got on the wrong thread… apologies

    • bpdelia

      Come on dude. Just….really? Liberal baseball media? Is Roger Clemens now a paragon of conservative thought? Is he the heriytage foundations new chair? Is steroids use and lying a damnable political issue all of a sudden? Did you watch the testimony conservative lawmakers were aghast. He got acquitted because pettite changed his story all of a sudden. It was a waste of time and the world is full of tduevillains wearing monocles and carrying canvas bags with dollarsigns on them. But the dude did steroids. He deserved acquittal. The governments case stunk even before pettite reversed himself in his third testimony, but he ain’t innocent. He lied. I lie so I’m not in a moral tissue about it but lets not go blaming the “liberal” media huh?

      • bpdelia

        Damn political issue….true villains ….. moral tizzy …etc…..fucking kindle auto correct

        • BrooklynRat

          Largest media company on earth: Disney
          National news channel w largest audience: Fox-news corp.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yes, because the “liberal media” is the side supporting locking people up left and right. Oh, wait…

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Is what pisses me off about the issue is that despite getting acquitted he easily dropped a couple million on defense fees. That and his name was dragged through the mud, moreso than it already has, and basically assured he wouldn’t get a job ever again. So this is still sort of a win for the US Attorney’s office. This is fucking bullshit. The Justice Department, and more to the point the Justice system, is not to be used to be an expensive pain in the ass for bad people. The Justice Department is there to get convictions and bring cases to trial that have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning. Next they’ll go after Lance Armstrong and waste several more millions. The Justice System is being used as a way to basically fine Lance Armstrong, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds several million dollars. They can’t convict them, but they’ll do the next best thing and have them spend millions on to flight defense attorneys at massive firms that don’t need any more money or clients.

        tl/dr: This whole thing is fucking bullshit. Blaming the liberal media is the apex of stupidity.

  • newguy

    kind of lazy recap, no?

    • newguy

      my bad for the double post

  • JohnC

    Sunday Night Baseball: CC vs. R.A. Should be fun!