Odd as it sounds after the rockiest first inning for CC Sabathia in a long time, but he really was lucky. He was lucky that Jeff Francoeur is in the Rangers lineup. Sabathia was having a heck of a time with his control, but Francoeur would rather walk barefoot on broken glass than take a walk. So he lessened the burden in a 3-0 inning, popping out with two on and one out.
Sabathia also was lucky that the would-be run-scoring wild pitch caromed so neatly back to Jorge Posada, just in time to retire Cruz at the plate. Replay showed it was a good call.
You have to know it’s coming right away: Did the long layoff hurt Sabathia? It was a given coming into this game, if Sabathia didn’t start well.
Whatever the answer is, the real response is, “So what?” There was nothing anyone could have done about it. What could the Yankees possibly have done, throw Sabathia in a simulated game? It’s the way it is in the baseball postseason scheduling. It’s all carved in stone. The games are spaced out to have the League Championship Series begin and (if they go long enough) end on weekends.
So he pitched last Wednesday against the hapless Twins, who put up almost no resistance. All of the Yankees had to sit around since Saturday.