Today was another rough day for CC Sabathia, who gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in less than 7 innings, as the Yankees lost to the Angels, 8-4. He is now 1-3 with an ERA of 4.85…not terribly impressive, particularly for a pitcher making over $15,000,000 this season. Sabathia’s last win was April 11th, against the Royals.
The Yankees often manage to make unknown, or mediocre, pitchers look like Cy Young; while no one would have mistaken Angels pitcher Matt Palmer (a 30-year-old rookie) for the second coming of Cy Young, Palmer allowed only 1 run on 3 hits in just over 6 innings. The Yankees were only able to score in the 1st and 9th innings.
Not only is Sabathia struggling, but fellow expensive free agent Mark Teixeira has gotten off to a horrendous start this season, with a batting average of less than .200 currently. A.J. Burnett, another high priced free agent, has been unspectacular as well. In fact, the only recently signed free agent who has been performing well for the Yankees this season is Nick Swisher…as pointed out in the Big League Stew blog on Yahoo. I guess it really is true that money can’t always buy happiness.
The Yankees really need to get themselves togther. After Sunday’s game against the Angels, the Yankees will face the Red Sox, the Rays, the Orioles, and the Blue Jays.They are 3 games behind the Blue Jays right now, but could drop significantly in the standings if they have rough outings vs. Boston, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, and Toronto.