Sabathia Looks For More AL Supremacy + Eventual Election Into The BBHOF!
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By Chuck Booth (Yankees Correspondent/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
CC Sabathia is a BEAST. You just have to look at the 6 FT 7 – 300 LBS+ man to see that. If it is possible by playing in New York City – and under the brightest lights, that this man is underrated, despite being a Bronx Bomber. Heading into 2013, ‘Carsten Charles’ (not Captain Crunch as some opposing fans have called him for his love of the Cereal) is 191-102 in his astute Pitching Career, with an ERA of 3.50. What is more impressive than this are his numbers as a member of the New York Yankees – and playing in both Yankee Stadium and the vaunted AL East and amongst many of the top offensive clubs in the Major Leagues. #52 is 74-29 (.718) for the Yankees with a 3.22 ERA. He has made 3 ALL-Star Appearances and has had 3 top 4 AL CY Young Award finishes in the last 4 campaigns. The verdict: the man has been truly dominant in Pinstripes!
In the 1st year of his big contract in 2009, Sabathia led the AL in wins with 19 – en route to a World Series Championship effort. Sabathia had a brilliant Post Season, going 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 36.1 IP. The big man also Struckout 32 Batters and only yielded 9 Walks. His only loss came in Game #1 of the World Series, when Chase Utley had a career game. Sabathia bounced back in Game #4 of the Fall Classic (with a QS – ND) and the Yankees ended up winning the contest to take a commanding 3 games to 1 ead, instead of having the Phillies tie the Series at 2 should he of had a bad start.
Sabathia is a winner and maybe the last guy to win 300 Games in the Majors. At Age 32, the guy has a contract to pitch for the Yankees until 2018. In his first 4 seasons he has averaged 18.5 Wins per year. Even if the man only averages 15 wins a year for that time frame, he would be at around 265 wins at Age 37. He could possibly end his career with New York – who would bet against him pitching until he is 40 to chalk up another 35 wins between 38 and that age?
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Sabathia will have a long look at the Baseball Hall of Fame when all is said and done. With a 3.50 Career Lifetime ERA, it will be interesting to see what the exact ERA number will be at the end. Much like Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte before him, he has punched out a great regular season record for the Bronx Bombers. The only problem is going to be the AL East Divison for the next few years. The Toronto Blue Jays have a band-box for a home stadium, plus a plethora of offensive superstars to put a big hurting on you. Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox have always played the guy tough as well. You add a resurgent Orioles offense – and you could well foresee that having a low 4.00 ERA for 76 Divisional Games from ages 33-40 is quite possible. At some point in the BBHOF debate a Yankees pitcher with, or big-time AL East Starting Pitcher – will garner some serious consideration for the Hall. It is time that the writers don’t penalize a guy for playing on the Yankees or any other AL club.
The offenses score more runs in the AL. So you what if Sabathia ends up 300 Wins and an ERA of about 3.80-4.00, are you telling me that the Baseball Writers of America will prevent the big man from gaining a spot in Cooperstown? Sabathia will have to pitch pretty lousy in the next few years to not end up with a high .600+ Winning Percentage. As it stands now versus Active MLB Players, Sabathia is 5th amongst the Percentage Leaders. Only Roy Halladay (.666), Jered Weaver (.663), Justin Verlander (.656) and Tim Hudson (.655) have a better Win Percentage than him. As far as wins go with these 5, Halladay has 199, Hudson has 197 and then Sabathia has 192. Verlander has 124 Wins and crazily enough – is just 3 years younger than #52. Weaver rounds out the list with 102 Wins and is only 2 years younger than Sabathia.
For the record, I also think Roy Halladay has an outside chance of 300 Wins. Although, Halladay will turn 36 in May, so he would need to peel off a couple 20 Win seasons in a row to put himself back in contention for it like Sabathia. Both men may be capable of pitching into their lower 40’s as well.
The Yankees have to be thrilled with the output from Sabathia. Sure they pay him 25 Million Per Year, h0wever he has won 15+ Games in 6 straight seasons. He also has never thrown for under 180 IP – and has also logged over 200+ IP for the last 6 years. The man has recently pronounced himself in proper shape to undertake his 13th season in the Major Leagues for 2013. Sabathia was great even in his Indians days, where he finished 2nd in Rookie of The Year during the 2001 campaign when he was 17-5 with a 4.39 ERA. Sabathia featured a 3.83 ERA for his 8 years with the Indians, but that never stopped him from 3 ALL-Star Appearances, a Cy Young Award in 2007 and 106 Wins in 8 seasons.
The most impressive stretch of his Career was actually for the Milwaukee Brewers for half of a season during the 2008 Year. Sabathia went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 17 Games Started in the National League. Amazingly enough, he led the NL in CG (7) and SHO (3). The Brewers rode his great 2nd half into their 1st Post Season Berth since the 1982 World Series team. Sabathia parlayed that exceptional stretch of play into a 7 Year Deal with the Yankees worth 161 Million Dollars after rejecting a 4 YR/100 Million Dollar Contract offer from Milwaukee.
Sabathia won 40 games in his 1st 2 years with the Yankees. The better year out of the 2 was in 2010. The guy went 21-7 (Led AL in wins) with a 3.18 ERA. In 2011, Sabathia went 19-11 – with his lowest ever ERA in the American League with a 3.00 clip. After the year, the big man opted out of his contract, although he later cited that he was never going to leave New York. The club added another year and 25 Million Dollars to sweeten his current deal. In 2012, Sabathia missed 5-6 starts and still went 15-6 with a 3.38 ERA.
If you watch a game at Yankee Stadium, the place is so electric when CC Sabathia makes his casual stroll out to the Pitchers mound. You will heat the faithful chant C—–C all game long. It is one C after another, but that is certainly not the grade of his work. This guy has ace like stuff and is one of the most durable Starting Pitchers of this generation. If you watch his games, he actually becomes stronger as he sees his big frame become looser.
So where will Sabathia end up in the pantheon of New York Pitchers? He will need for the team to grab a couple of more World Series Championship to climb the standing of the ALL-Time Franchise greats . After all, you are in the city where anything less than World Championships is considered a failure. I am not going to bet against the big guy continuing to steamroll for the foreseeable future.
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Posted on January 15, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2009 World Series, @chuckbooth3024 on twitter, Active Pitchers Winning Percentage Leaders, AL Cy Young Award winners, AL East, AL Rookie Of the Year Award winners, American league, American League Wins Leader, andy pettitte, baltimore orioles, baseball hall of fame, BBWAA, Camden Yards, cc sabathia, chase utley, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, cleveland indians, cooperstown, fenway park, jered weaver, justin verlander, Mark buerhle, mike mussina, milwaukee brewers, national league, new york yankees, oriole park at camden yards, philadelphia phillies, roy halladay, tim hudson, toronto blue jays. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.