Thursday, September 08, 2005

Is that really you, C.C.?

Maybe C.C. Sabathia has been hanging out with Scott Sauerbeck in secret a lot this year.
The past several starts, his breaking ball has gotten noticeably better. In last night's 4-1 win over the Tigers, it was downright filthy. Sauerbeck-vs.-key-lefty-in-the-eighth-inning filthy.
I can say with relative confidence that I have never seen C.C. snap off breaking balls the way he did Wednesday night. They were tight, had vicious late bite, and were utterly unhittable.
The proof is in the pudding: C.C. retired the last 21 batters he faced in notching the sixth complete game of his career.
If C.C. is throwing a 95-mph fastball for strikes, and partnering them with breaking balls like the ones he threw last night, all that staff ace stuff might have merit after all. He would be dominant.
C.C. looks like he's starting to get it. Hopefully he realizes it.

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