Sabathia (2-1) took the loss against the Royals on Friday, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits, striking out five and walking four as the Yankees fell 5-2. Coming off a rough outing against the Red Sox, Sabathia wasn't at his sharpest in this start either, but he was still effective in limiting the damage. The veteran left-hander won't rack up eye-popping strikeout totals at this point in his career, but he's still managed to post impressive ratios so far in his age-37 season, as he currently sports a 2.40 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP through 41.1 innings. His reliance on pitching to contact might make those hard to maintain, however, especially when he's matched up against the league's higher-powered offenses.
Sabathia will take the hill for Friday's series opener in Kansas City, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. As expected, Sabathia will just have his start pushed back two days following Wednesday's postponement. Luis Severino and Sonny Gray will follow Sabathia against the Royals. Through seven starts this season, Sabathia has logged a 2.23 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with a 28:5 K:BB.
Sabathia allowed four earned runs on nine hits while striking out five across four innings Thursday against the Red Sox. This was never a good matchup for Sabathia, as he relies on pitching around the plate too much to consistently beat a lineup like the Red Sox. His outing was likely cut short by an inning thanks to a moderate rain delay, but he wouldn't have been able to pitch deep enough to salvage the start. He's no longer mowing down batters via the strikeout, but has shown he is capable of limiting hard contact and pitching deep into games in the right matchup.
Sabathia intends to retire if the Yankees win the World Series this year, the New York Post reports. "I want one more parade and pretty sure that will be it,'' Sabathia told The Post. "I thought I had it last year.'' This news obviously only affects Sabathia owners in dynasty leagues. Even there, it's hardly surprising to hear that a 37-year-old might call it quits. The veteran has accomplished quite a lot in his 18-year career. Since his debut in 2001, Sabathia ranks first among all pitchers in wins (239), starts (515), innings pitched (3,349.1) and strikeouts (2,869). He won one World Series title with the Yankees back in 2009.
Sabathia (2-0) earned the win Sunday, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while striking out four over seven innings against the Angels. At 37 years old, Sabathia isn't the overpowering pitcher he once was -- that's reflected in his 5.5 K/9 and the fact that the four punch outs tied a season high -- but he's still found a way to be a successful pitcher in the latter stages of his career. The one run was his first earned tally allowed in three starts, as he lowered his ERA to a minuscule 1.71. Though the strikeouts probably won't come back, pitching in front of the highest scoring offense in the league should provide plenty of opportunities for the lefty to rack up wins. He'll look to stay sharp next time out Friday against the Indians.