The Stat Line of the Night — 9/28/10 — C.C. Sabathia
The Yankees are having an incredible year offensively, but their pitching has been somewhat suspect all season. That is not the case when their ace, C.C. Sabathia, takes the mound. Sabathia is putting up another monster year and anchoring a shaky rotation. His Cy Young numbers are impressive, and last night he showed again why some call him the best pitcher in baseball. Taking the mound against the Blue Jays, he led his team to a 6-1 victory and helped them clinch a playoff berth.
Sabathia pitched 8 and a 1/3 innings of 1-run ball. His only big mistake came in the third when he gave up a solo shot to Blue Jays youngster Travis Snider. The Yankees ace was efficient as always, giving up only 2 walks and 3 hits while taking 111 pitches to get there. The outing dropped his ERA to 3.18 and pushed his win total to 21. He also had 8 strikeouts in the win. Mariano Rivera came in to close it out in the 9th.
As the Yankees march towards the post-season they are still a half game behind the Rays. It won’t matter if they get in as division winners or wild cards, as the only measure of success for this team will be a World Series Championship. While the rest of their pitching is shaky, C.C. gives them real hope at the top of the rotation. For now he gets “The Stat Line of the Night”, but he may be seeing a Cy Young award and even a World Series ring very soon.