Going into his start Aug. 1 in Chicago, CC Sabathia looked as good as any pitcher out there, Justin Verlander included, 15-5 with a 2.55 ERA. Though Sabathia picked up the victory that night, allowing two runs in eight innings, he did allow 10 hits.
Since Aug. 1, Sabathia has put up a 4.26 ERA and, counting Friday night, he's allowed 10 hits in five of his last nine starts. Almost all of those have come on extra rest, something Sabathia doesn't prefer to do, though he insisted that's not the reason for his recent slide.
“I’m not here to make excuses,” said Sabathia, who lasted 5 2/3 innings Friday against the Blue Jays. “It’s totally my fault today I couldn’t go deep in the game. It’s my job to go deep into the game and I haven’t been able to do that.”
Joe Girardi has been asked repeatedly about the extra rest and for the first time Friday said maybe it's been a factor.
“It could,” Girardi said. "He’s going to be on regular rest his next turn so we’ll get a chance to see that…we’ll get him on regular rest.”
"It's hard to put your finger on exactly why a guy's stuff isn't quite the same when you go through some streaks," Girardi said. "But his stuff was so good [most of the first four months] it would be hard to keep up at that pace."
Girardi said later: "I still really believe in him I think he's going to be great for us and he's going to continue to be great for us. Tonight he struggled a little bit. He gave us a chance to win that game but we weren't able to score after we tied it up at 4-4. But I still think CC's going to run off some good starts. I really do."