CC Sabathia is not worried about his position on the New York Yankees rotation heading into the 2016 MLB season. Sabathia allowed four earned runs and a total of seven in 3 2/3 innings last Friday against the Baltimore Orioles.
“I know I can pitch, and I know I can get big league hitters out. I have proven that for a long time, and I am not really worried,” Sabathia said via New York Post. The 35-year-old left-handed noted that he is not known to pitch great during spring training.
He also pointed out the fact that he was phenomenal towards the end of last season. Sabathia recorded two wins, a loss and two no-decisions in his last five starts. He registered an outstanding 2.17 ERA while allowing only 24 hits with 24 strikeouts and 13 walks in 29 innings pitched.
However, his overall performance last season was an abysmal 6-10 record with a 4.73 ERA in a total of 29 starts. It has left him and the younger Ivan Nova battling for the fifth and final rotation spot for the Yankees.
There is also the fact that Sabathia is entering his first season after a stint in a rehab facility for alcoholism. Add also the condition of his right knee that has undergone different procedures in the past couple of seasons.
“The knee is fantastic. First time I can say that in a long time,” Sabathia revealed to the New York Post. He has been feeling very comfortable pitching because of an elastic brace that keeps his right knee steady.
On the other hand, Nova is also not pitching his best during this spring. In his last outing against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, Nova allowed five hits, four earned runs with three walks and two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings pitched.
The Yankees’ rotation have already tabbed Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi in the first four spots.
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