W: R. Betancourt (1-4, 4.19); L: J. Nelson (0-1, 3.00)
CLEVELAND 5 KANSAS CITY 4
IP 1-8: Sabathia–No Decision–(8-8)–1ER–3.29 IP 9.1: Davis–1ER–3R–Hold(4)–4.72 IP 9.2: Betancourt–BS(3)–W(1-4)–4.19
For a general-interest European publication, Monsters and Critics
does a pretty good job with baseball, I’m finding, as I check out
their RSS feeds. They seem to single out my favorites — such as CC
Sabathia and Miguel Cairo — for an exuberant word or two of praise,
and the articles are always economical as they manage to convey the
essence of a game. Today, "Sabathia dazzled,"April 2
but he did not earn credit for the W. The relievers gave up his lead,
and Travis Hafner gave the closer the winning run. CC will take it.
At the end of the season, however, his record may weight his abdominal
strain of earlier in the season, starting him out with an 11.57 ERA in
his first game of the season on .
Between that abbreviated outing and today’s no-decision, he has lowered
his ERA to 3.29 over 20 games, and as of now his August ERA is .78 His record? .500(8-8). Go figure. Just don’t judge by his.
Sabathia has not been consistently rewarded for his excellent pitching over his several starts. On August 4,
for instance, pitching on 3 days’ rest, he allowed one unearned run on his own error to lose the
game 1-0 and be swept by the Tigers. At Fenway on August 1, the cardio maintenance routine he has adopted seems to have helped
the hefty lefty keep pitching through 8 innings of high heat during a
dangerously hot period in the northeast, salvaging at least his game
out of the series by keeping the ball out of the hands of the Indians’
sensitive closer-in-training Fausto Carmona, who seemed unsettled by
the intensity and volume of the crowd. As it was, Fernando Cabrera
earned 2 runs in the 9th. Fortunately, the offensive production had
been high, and the Indians and Sabathia earned their W.