New York Yankees starter CC Sabathia is absolutely dealing this season and it has nothing to do with any kind of analytics data he has at his disposal.
For the record, I was unable to confirm this. I even went as far as to type “CC Sabathia” into the search bar on Twitter. Unfortunately, all that came up was countless tweets about the big guy putting the Angels in his back pocket.
Despite not confirming this story, however, I will be proceeding with the assumption that it is 100 percent true.
This doesn’t shock me at all. Carsten Charles Sabathia is as old school as it gets. He doesn’t need you sabermetric nerds to tell him what pitches are effective and where to throw them.
He stands 60-feet-six-inches away from a batter and looks into that man’s soul. He sees the batter’s worst fears at the plate. Then, after he’s occupying all the real estate in his opponent’s head, he throws a knee-buckling back-door slider that results in soft contact at best.
If you think that guy needs to look at the scouting report and spend some time in the analytics department you are dead wrong. All he needs is a sign from Gary Sanchez and a strong infield behind him.
It’s pretty hard to argue with the results so far this year. In five starts, Sabathia is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA and an opponents batting average of .198. He’s struck out 16 and walked only five. It doesn’t take a sabermetric statistic to tell you that Sabathia is throwing the ball pretty well.
Also, in case Alex Rodriguez happens to see this—I hear a spot is opening up in the YES Network booth. Yankees fans would greatly appreciate if you brought your broadcasting talents back to the Bronx.