15DCC Sabathia SP NYY 7 hours ago

The Yankees placed Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained left groin.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The nature of Sabathia's injury is not clear, but he will not get a chance to follow-up his best start of the season for at least two weeks while he recovers from his setback. The Yankees have not yet announced who will take Sabathia's place in the rotation during his absence, but they figure to either hand Ivan Nova the job, or call up a pitcher from the minors.

15DCC Sabathia SP NYY 2 days ago

Sabathia (2-2) tossed seven-scoreless innings in Wednesday's win over the Orioles. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out a season-high six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mired in last place and riding a six-game losing streak, the Yankees got a sharp outing from Sabathia. It was the first time since April 7, 2014 that the veteran pitched seven-plus scoreless innings. The left-hander was backed by a defense that turned three double plays, and finally received ample support from New York's sputtering bats. He'll look to build off Wednesday's great performance in his next start on Monday against the Royals.

15DCC Sabathia SP NYY 1 week ago

Sabathia (1-2) took the loss in Texas on Wednesday after allowing thee runs on five hits through six innings. He struck out five and walked three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sabathia's now allowed exactly three runs in all four of his starts to open the year -- which doesn't sound bad until you see that it adds up to a 5.06 ERA because he didn't finish five innings in two of those outings. Although this was arguably his best all-around line among the four, it's still awfully hard to recommend the veteran lefty for fantasy purposes -- his inflated ratios and 15:11 K:BB don't create a lot of optimism.

15DCC Sabathia SP NYY 3 weeks ago

Sabathia (1-1) surrendered seven hits, three earned runs and a walk over 4.2 innings in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Mariners. He struck out five.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sabathia turned in a bit of an up-and-down performance, and was pulled after 95 pitches without getting out of the fifth inning. The 15-year veteran surrendered a trio of earned runs for the second straight game, but encouragingly cut down his free passes to one after handing out four in his first start of the season against the Tigers. He'll return to the mound next Friday versus the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

15DCC Sabathia SP NYY 4 weeks ago

Sabathia surrendered four hits, three earned runs and four walks over six innings in Saturday's 8-4 victory over the Tigers. He struck out three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pitching in frigid 30-degree temperatures, Sabathia was solid in his first start of the season. He retired the first nine batters he faced, and lasted into the seventh inning. Although he struggled with his control-- throwing only 52 of his 90 pitches for strikes-- the veteran did manage to secure first-pitch strikes on 15 of the 25 batters he faced, with the majority of his struggles coming deeper into the count. The 90-pitch outing was certainly encouraging, particularly for a pitcher expected to round out the back end of the Yankees' rotation.

15DCC Sabathia SP NYY 1 month ago

Manager Joe Girardi announced Friday that Sabathia will be the Yankees' fifth starter, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The big southpaw hasn't had his best stuff this spring, but Sabathia has pitched well enough to start the season in the rotation. Sabathia made five appearances this spring, working a 5.51 ERA with 10 strikeouts and seven walks across 16.1 innings of work. His addition to the rotation all but ensures that Ivan Nova will work in a long relief role to start the season.

15DCC Sabathia SP NYY 2 months ago

Sabathia pitched two innings, striking out two without allowing a hit in his spring debut Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Making his first appearance since checking himself into alcohol rehab immediately after the end of the regular season, Sabathia appeared to be in great shape. Neither general manager Brian Cashman nor manager Joe Girardi have been ready to commit the lefty to the starting rotation, but it's hard to imagine they'll stick his hefty contract in the bullpen, so at this point it looks likely the former Cy Young winner will start the year as a number four or five starting option.

15DCC Sabathia SP NYY 7 months ago

Sabathia will miss the postseason after deciding to check himself into alcohol rehab, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

There's question as to whether or not Sabathia would have made the Yankees' postseason roster anyway, but now that has been solved. With him out, it seems likely the Yankees would return Nathan Eovaldi for the ALDS if he's healthy, otherwise they may decide to go with a three-man rotation if they make it through the wild-card game.

15DCC Sabathia SP NYY 7 months ago

Sabathia (6-10) won the AL East-clinching game Thursday, tossing five innings of one-run ball against the Red Sox. He struck out three and walked three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Once a workhorse, Sabathia isn't able to pitch deep into games too often these days -- even though he gave up only seven earned runs in his final five starts of the season, he averaged less than six innings per start both in that span and throughout the year. The 35-year-old lefty finishes the regular season with a 4.73 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 167.1 innings, which aren't pretty numbers for a guy who's going to start for the Yankees in the playoffs.

15DCC Sabathia SP NYY 7 months ago

Sabathia allowed four runs on six hits, walking two and striking out three over 6.2 innings of a 5-2 loss to the White Sox on Friday night.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sabathia (5-10, 4.82 ERA) still tosses a decent game now and then, but those performances are spacing out further all the time. He had been enjoying a solid September (1-0, 1.04 ERA in three starts) but his days of being a dominant pitcher may be a thing of the past.