CC Sabathia made his second spring training start today, this time facing the Pirates. The results were ... inconsistent. CC was a punching bag in the 1st, giving up 4 straight hits, a 3 run home run, and 4 runs in total. John Flaherty suggested that CC was struggling to locate his fastball, making his pitches easy targets for the Bucs. In the 2nd CC relied more on his change, and looked dominant, getting a quick 1-2-3 inning. Unfortunately, CC lost it again in the third, giving up two hits and a walk. That brought his pitch count over 50, and his day was finished.
April was CC's worst month last season. Sabathia has always been known as a slow starter. If the Yankes are going to make a stronger showing in the start of the season than they have the past several years CC will need to play a major role. I know spring training games are meaningless. I also know that we know very little about a team from its April and May performance, but I just can't bring myself to ignore spring training this year. I don't care what the team does in March, but come April I want victories!
On the offensive side, Larry's man Nick Johnson crushed one in the bottom of the 1st and another in the bottom of the 3rd. Glad to see his back is feeling better. So far, his spring training has been a microcosm of his career. He's hitting like an absolute beast when he's in the lineup. Hopefully Joe Girardi can keep him healthy.
On a final note, Curtis Granderson showed some solid arm strength in Center. With respect to Granderson, I'm more concerned that he's yet to get a hit this spring (come on Curtis, gimme one, just a little single) but I was alarmed when he made a couple of short throws on Saturday. The last thing this team needs is Johnny Damon redux in Center. Fortunately, based on this exhaustive search of one instance that's not the case.
The Yankees are taking these games lightly, and so am I. At the end of the third I decided to move on.