This was bound to happen.
Despite the money and the expectations and the hope for perfection, there was bound to come an outing in which CC Sabathia would be wholly ineffective.
Might as well come in Spring Training.
Sabathia experienced his first frustrations with the Yankees on Wednesday, serving up five runs to the Tigers in 1 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits, walked a batter and struck out none. And he came out of it — considering the time of year — concerned to a greater degree than might be expected.
CC himself notes in the article that he started last year in atrocious fashion: 0-3, with an ERA of 13.50 and nearly a walk and two hits per inning. I’m sure a huge number of Yankees’ fans are unaware of this and will immediately expect the Sabathia they saw last September once the season starts. If that doesn’t happen, the Bronx Zoo is going to open early this year.