CC’s first start since May was more wimper than a bang!

So CC Sabathia took to the mound for the first time since May of last year when injury had ended his season. Most people wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock in how well he pitched yesterday. After all these games just aren’t that big a deal outside of the mechanics of getting a player in shape for Opening Day. But we can learn something from it, ie what kind of shape he was in after such a long lay off.
He looked good in the first inning that he pitched. Getting three quick outs to shut down the inning quickly. He even managed to get Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista to ground out, and struck out Josh Donaldson. Not bad one might think. But his second inning was not such a good one, and he quickly lost control of proceedings giving up two runs. It could have gotten a lot worse but for an amazing series of plays to get the third out when Josh Thole hit a fly ball which gave him a double to the left field where Brett Gardner threw to Didi Gregorius, who in turn fired a rocket of a throw to Brian McCann at home where he tagged out Devon Travis who had run from first base to try to score. It was an exciting play to close the innings.
It is true that you cannot really put a lot of stock in the performance of a two innings appearance on the mound in spring. It is really only a matter of seeing how CC could handle pitching from the mound in a game situation rather than in simulated/ bullpen situations. He did well, to a degree. But in two innings he threw 31 pitches, gave up 4 hits, two runs both of which were earned, and struck out two guys for an ERA of 9.00. So it wasn’t a stellar as some of the appearances of fellow teammates. But certainly we can feel a bit happier by the fact that he is healthy enough to get on the mound and pitch. He doesn’t look sharp, but with a bit more practice and playing time, then I think he will be an integral part of getting us back to the post season. From small steps are the highest mountains climbed.

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