The Stat Line of the Night — 6/20/10 — C.C. Sabathia
C.C. Sabathia had a pretty bad May. For most pitchers, a 1-2 record and a 5.15 ERA wouldn’t have been catastrophic for a month, but the expectations for the former Cy Young award winner are a bit higher. Things did not look to get any easier this month, with C.C. facing both Johan Santana and Roy Halladay. After yesterday, he has now beat them both.
Sabathia had faced Halladay on Tuesday and came away victorious over the Phillies. Now on Sunday he faced his second Cy Young winner of the week and proved totally dominant once again. Sure he has the help of a potent Yankees offense anytime he takes the mound, but he hardly needed it yesterday. C.C. pitched 8 innings of shut out ball giving up no runs, earned or otherwise. He only allowed 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6.
The Mets had won 8 straight games heading into their weekend series with the Yanks. The Yankees put a stop to all that winning two of three thanks to pitching performances by Phil Hughes and now C.C. Sabathia. The AL East is the toughest division in baseball, again, and the Yankees have managed to climb to the top of it. Can they win it all again? Only time will tell that, but for now, they win “The Stat Line of the Night”.