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Speed Kills, CC Thrills

One of my favorite aspects of this year’s edition of the New York Yankees has been the consistent presence of speed throughout the lineup. Sure, there are lots of old knees around, but with players like Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner, along with Eduardo Nuñez out there recently, the team sure is fun to watch. On Sunday afternoon we saw this when Gardner roped a three-run triple into the right field corner against the Orioles. Nuñez scored easily from first, and Gardner arrived at third standing up, and the Yankees had a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

On Monday night in Chicago, Gardner picked up right where he had left off. He led off the game by pounding a ball into the dirt and beating everyone to first base for an infield single. A few pitches later Gardner took off on a 2-1 count as Granderson shot a line drive down the right field line. It never occurred to me that Gardner would be able to score on the play, but not only did he score, he scored easily. He slowed up at second to make sure the ball had gotten through the infield, then shifted into high gear. He hit the bag at third at top speed, then glanced out towards the outfield and broke it down. He coasted the last forty-five feet. Two batters later Robinson Canó stroked a single to right and Granderson scored to make it 2-0.

Have you heard of CC Sabathia? He attacked the White Sox with cold-hearted efficiency, dispatching them on eight pitches in the first, six in the second, and eleven in the third. There was a blip in the fourth — a Juan Pierre single followed by an Alexei Ramírez home run — but not much else.

The Yankee hitters weren’t doing much against Jay Peavy — after those two runs in the first they were able to scrape out only one more run on a Robby Canó double play — but Sabathia made it stand up. He finished up in style, striking out two in the eighth, including poor Adam Dunn for the final out.

Keeping with the efficiency theme, the Great One came on for an uneventful ninth, throwing nine pitches for nine strikes. Yankees 3, White Sox 2.

So here’s my question. What if CC just keeps on winning? Taking a look at the calendar, he’s got five more starts in August and another five in September. Based on how he’s been going this year, it probably isn’t a stretch to imagine eight wins for him over the final two months. So what if he finishes the season with something like this: 24-6, 250 Ks, 2.70 ERA, 1.15 WHIP. You don’t think they could give the Cy Young to anyone else? Could they?

[Photo Credit: Charles Cherney/AP]

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1 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 2, 2011 5:54 am

"You don’t think they could give the Cy Young to anyone else? Could they?"

No, but I bet they'll try.

One question to those of you who get a chance to go to the Stadium. Why don't people do K count sings anymore? I never see them on TV. Are they banned in the new Stadium?

I would love to see "CCy" signs for the big man. Or maybe "C"s with a tangent on the back of the "c" to make it look almost like a "k".

Or maybe my imagination is out of control.

2 Shaun P.   ~  Aug 2, 2011 5:54 am

CC has been amazing, but Verlander has been incredible, too. It might come down to who wins more games and perhaps relatedly, which team makes the postseason.

I know Jered Weaver has a super low ERA, but after his suspension, I think he's out of the race unless somehow CC and Verlander both falter.

3 Boatzilla   ~  Aug 2, 2011 5:57 am

Sorry, that should have been "K count signs." [head hung in shame]

4 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 2, 2011 8:55 am

[3] No need for shame. We should all sing CC(y)'s praises.

5 rbj   ~  Aug 2, 2011 10:04 am

It's a two horse race, CC & Justin. I don't think wins are going to be as important as other stats, at least not after Felix won it last year.

6 vockins   ~  Aug 2, 2011 10:11 am

I think the only argument that CC has been better than Verlander is wins, and that's a crappy argument. Lots of baseball left, though.

7 Hank Waddles   ~  Aug 2, 2011 11:16 am

[1] You're right -- I don't think I've seen any of those at the new Stadium, at least watching on television. I used to love how creative they were, like the beer mugs for David Wells. I have to believe they've been banned.

8 MSM35   ~  Aug 2, 2011 12:42 pm

Wait a minute. The award was debased last year when the pitcher's record was not factored in. From now on it goes to the best hurler with the best nickname on the worst team. To quote a famous philosopher, "You play to win the game".

9 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 2, 2011 6:54 pm

Wait, the award was "debased" because it was given to the league's best pitcher?

Huh, funny, that's who I thought it was supposed to be given to ...

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