I know that every Yankee fan out there has a basic idea of what they Yankees off-season plans are going to be whether or not they are successful in their run at the post season this year. On the top of the list will be recruiting a starting pitcher and at the top candidate is of course CC Sabathia.
Now a lot has been going on with the Yankees so you may have only heard the good/bad news that Sabathia is destroying the NL by putting up an 8-0 record with an ERA of 1.60. You would like him to pitch well but every victory he records with the Brew Crew means that his price keeps going up.
But the real bad news that comes with every Sabathia start is his pitch count. Last night's 9-3 victory over the Astros is the best example yet of what is happening to Sabathia. Even with a six-run lead Bob Melvin felt it necessary to allow Sabathia to pick up his fifth complete game in nine starts with Brewers. This one required a ridiculous 130 pitches for CC to finish.
It was the third time that CC has topped 120 pitches in a game with the Brewers and the fifth time he has surpassed 110. Now I don't blame the Brewers for squeezing every pitch they can out of CC since the gave up a ton of talent to get him knowing that he was walking at the end of the season. But I hope CC understands that the more the Brewers abuse him in meaningless situations, like last night's blow out win, the harder it will be for him to convince people to give him seven years and 150 million.
Sabathia's pitches per game is now a full nine pitches over his career average and five more than his career high of 107 which was set last year. I'm sure Brian Cashman will take all of this into account as well this off season during negotiations. It will be a big risk for any team to give him a huge deal especially if the Brewers do end up going deep into the post season and CC goes over 250 innings again.
And any Yankee fan that tells you that you should ignore these facts because the Yanks need a no-brainer left-handed ace at the top of the rotation to start next season, well, they may be right. But perhaps they should look at who might be starting for the Yanks on Saturday for a little history lesson on free agent pitcher signings.