Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sabathia Rolls Again

I've always loved Christmas. While my admiration of the holiday is now centered around the time spent with family and friends, it used to be that I loved it for one reason and one reason only. As any kid under the age of twelve will tell you, Christmas is good because of the presents.

There was nothing like getting that new toy, the one you've been waiting for all year. You rip it out of the box and play with it almost to the point of abuse. You play with it so much, it eventually starts to show signs of wear and tear. Nex thing you know, it's being sold for a couple of bucks at your neighborhood garage sale, already damaged for the next person.

Is that what the Brewers are doing with CC Sabathia?

We've only had the guy for three starts, yet he's pitched 24 innings, two of those being complete games. The gem he threw last Sunday was one thing, but how often do you need to leave your starting pitcher in the game when you are already up 9-1?

Maybe I'm just being nitpicky, but I don't want the Brewers to over extended Sabathia to the point where, if we do make the playoffs, he struggles like he did with the Indians in the '07 postseason.

However, I understand what it's like to play with a new toy, and I don't want to be the one to take that priviledge away from Doug Melvin and Ned Yost.

As mentioned, Sabathia went 9 innings in the Brewers 9-1 victory over the Giants Friday night. He allowed just one run off four hits, and struck out ten batters. If that wasn't enough, he also hit a double and scored a run.

Sabathia was aided on two different fronts Friday night. One, they were playing the Giants. They're awful. But two, the offense looked refreshed and ready to go after the four day break. Prince Fielder and Mike Cameron each hit a 3 run home run, while Hardy and Weeks took care of bringing the rest of the baserunners home.

But the story of the night was once again CC Sabathia, who continues to live up to his expectations, and then some. His next two starts are stragetically against the Cardinals and the Cubs.

Two more excellent chances to show off our new toy.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: CC Sabathia

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)


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