Sabathia all aces for Yanks, named ALCS MVP
And, boy, has he delivered so far.
Sabathia was picked MVP of the American League championship series on Sunday after two dominant performances in the
“This is a great feeling,” Sabathia said. “This is what you come here for, to play in the postseason games and try to perform. This feels good but we have a long way to go. From Day 1 of spring training you could tell this was going to be a memorable year for us.”
The 6-foot-7, 290-pound lefty pitched eight innings of four-hit ball in cold, blustery conditions to win 4-1 in Game 1. He was equally overpowering in Game 4 in sunny Anaheim, giving up a run and five hits in eight innings – on three days’ rest.
“CC has been the guy that
“I want to hit. I want to hit against him,” Sabathia said of matching up against Lee, but the designated hitter is used in the American League park.
Signed to a $161 million, seven-year deal as the linchpin of the
After tying for the major league lead with 19 wins, he shut down the Minnesota
The durable ace has struck out 20 in 22 innings and opponents are hitting just .205 against him.
“CC was huge for us,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Our starting pitching has been outstanding throughout.”
Usually all business on the mound in his baggy pants, Sabathia has shown emotion this October, especially in Game 1 against the
Sabathia has been the No. 1 starter the
Sabathia slipped easily into the role, going 19-8 with a 3.37 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 230 innings, his lowest total since 2006. The
“CC is a bona fide ace,”
Girardi was sure to give Sabathia plenty of rest down the stretch after the
Sabathia has gone deep in all of his postseason starts and still looks fresh enough to make three possible starts in the World Series. His ability to quickly rebound helped Milwaukee reach the postseason last year and has given Girardi the luxury of going with a three-man rotation in the best-of-seven Series.
Sabathia came close to reaching the Fall Classic in 2007, when Cleveland had a two-game lead over Boston in the ALCS. The loss left a big impression on him and was one of the reasons he chose to sign with the experienced
“This feels good,” Sabathia said. “Being up 3-1 in ’07 feeling like we had a chance to go to the World Series and having that taken away from you, it feels good now.”