Monday, April 13, 2009

Outing 2: Fixes mechanics, regains fastballs, has a strong bounceback

7.2 IP 6 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 6 K 0 HR 108 PITCHES (WIN)

Sabathia and pitching coach Dave Eiland talked about mechanics. They changed how Sabathia specifically landed on his front foot. The film comparisons were showing that his stride was too long and that could have thrown off all of his mechanics. Subsequently on Saturday CC regained the good old velocity we are used to seeing, throwing the high heat at 96 mph. He cruised through 7.2 scoreless. He could have stayed in longer but with a strong lead Girardi played it safe. Smart thing to do

"Fastball command, getting ahead of guys. It felt a lot better than the first game"

Next game should be very interesting. New stadium opener, and it's against the CC-less and winless Indians. The Tribe's lineup always scares me and they've got to have very detailed pitching reports on CC (who's pitched 94% of his games with them).

On a sidenote --- A sub plot to the series will be: Will we see American Idle give up 9 ER in 1 IP again (as he did in Texas last week)?

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