CC Sabathia entered June struggling on the mound. Through 12 starts he had a 4.14 ERA and had allowed 12 home runs. He had allowed just 18 in all of 2009.
He turned around his season at that point, as many expected.On June 9, six days after he allowed two home runs to a mediocre Orioles lineup, he held them to just two runs, none via the homer, through seven innings.
That started a run of excellence that ran through Tuesday night’s seven-inning, two-run performance. In that 103.1-inning span he has a 2.35 ERA, striking out 82 with 37 walks.
Best of all, he’s allowed just three home runs — and two of them were solo shots in Tuesday night’s 6-2 win.
Thanks to his stellar span, Sabathia (16-5) is in consideration for the AL CY Young Award. He leads the AL in wins and has lowered his ERA to 3.12.
He’ll have to be dominant the rest of the season to seal the deal and surpass candidates David Price, Jared Weaver and Clay Buchholz.