Â Amazing what a few wins can do!Â Taking 3 out of 4 against the Red Birds was nice to see, but we got some boys from the Bronx making their way to Queens.Â The Mets (37-34)Â will start a 3 game set tonightÂ against the New York Yankees (40-32).Â Our boys will be going up against Ace,Â (LHP) C.C. Sabathia.Â Here’s the skinny (snicker) on Sabathia (6-4 3.71 ERA 1.14WHIP)…
Full Name: Â Carsten Charles Sabathia
Born: Â July 21,1980 Â inÂ Vallejo, California
Height: Â 6-7Â Â Weight: Â 290Â Â Bats: Â LeftÂ Â Throws: Â Left
High School: Â Vallejo (Vallejo, California)Â Â “Apaches”
College: Â None
Drafted: Â Selected by Cleveland Indians in 1st Round (20th overall) of 1998 amateur entry draft (June-Reg)
Lifetime (123-77 3.66 ERA 1.24 WHIP)
Â Per MLB.com,
“Though he left last Sundays start with tightness in his left biceps, Sabathia said that he expected to make his next start — and the Yankees agreed. Because the Yankees had to push A.J. Burnett back a day to accommodate his suspension, Sabathia is scheduled to pitch in Burnetts original Friday slot on regular rest. Assuming he makes it, it will mark his first Subway Series start against the Mets, a team he has faced — and beaten — only once in his career.”
***On December 18, 2008, Sabathia signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the New York Yankees. It is the largest contract for a pitcher in MLB history.***
Â Sabathia’s previous 2 starts –
(Wed. Jun 17, 2009) Sabathia held the Nationals to three runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings of a 5-3 victory Tuesday night.
He gave up a three-run homer to light-hitting infielder Anderson Hernandez in the fifth inning but quickly settled down. “That’s what I’ve talked about all year,” Sabathia said, “is just if I do give up hits and a couple runs or get behind just keeping us in the game, keeping us close where we can put a rally together and score a couple runs late in the game.” Sabathia has lasted at least seven innings in eight straight starts, posting a 2.92 ERA in that stretch.(STATS, 4:43pm)
(Fri. Jun 12, 2009) Sabathia allowed four runs and six hits over seven-plus innings Friday to lose 4-3 to the Red Sox.
Sabathia was in position to win, but failed to retire all three hitters he faced in the eighth inning. That proved costly as the Yankees fell to 0-8 against the Red Sox.(STATS, 12:18pm)
According to fangraphs (2009), Sabathia utilizesÂ 3Â pitches –
Fastball – 57.8% – 94 MPH
Slider – 19.9% – 80.6 MPH
Changeup – 18.3% – 85.8 MPH
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency: Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
The ratings are based on formulas that sum a player’s entire career based on available statistics in our database, including minor league and college data. These scouting scores are to be used as indicators of a player’s strength. A career minor leaguer might have a speed rating of 100 though this does not insinuate that he is a better runner than a major leaguer with a speed rating of 90. Though it does indicate that a player was an excellent base-stealer in the minors, we do not know how he would have fared in the majors.
***According to baseball-reference, over a career, Sabathia is most similar to Freddy Garcia.
Salaries may not be complete and may not include some earned bonuses
|Career (may be incomplete)||$36,500,000|
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