The New York Yankees suffered a 6-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday in their opening game of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The men in pinstripes were looking to bounce back on Friday night and they did thanks to the left arm of CC Sabathia.
Sabathia went five innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits with five strikeouts. This isn't surprising because he's been money in his starts following a Yankee loss.
CC Sabathia Following Yankee Loss since 2017 (reg. season):— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) April 20, 2019
22-5 team w-l
Since 2017, in 27 regular season starts following a Yankee loss, Sabathia is 15-1 with a 2.71 ERA. That is not a small sample size by any stretch, and the team holds a record of 22-5 in those starts.
This may be random start in April, but it proves that when the Yankees' backs are against the wall, Sabathia should be getting ball. Oh, and based off what he's done in his two starts this year, it's not a bad thing.
Here's how CC Sabathia's final season has started:— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) April 20, 2019
0 earned runs
82.5 mph average exit velo (still generating rather soft contact)
In his 19th and final season, the 38-year-old southpaw still knows how to get it done and create soft contact. Instead of being a filler in the back end of the rotation, Sabathia could end up being key for the Yankees throughout this season.
And if he keeps this up, you could see him pitching big games down the stretch and into October, especially following losses.