CC Sabathia
CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia (SP)

New York Yankees

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CC Sabathia allowed three runs in the 4th inning, including a Chris Johnson home run, allowing three runs on three hits in four innings against the Orioles. Sabathia did strike out five batters while walking one, but has not been effective in consecutive starts. He has a 9.40 ERA this Spring.

Fantasy Impact: After not making it out of the first inning against the Braves last week, Sabathia looked very strong over the first three innings. A rough 4th inning showed that Sabathia can still be beaten by a poor inning. Sabathia is not worthy of a fantasy roster spot and the 36-year-old looks like he is on the way out.

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CC Sabathia ambushed on Sunday

Mon, Mar 13th 7:44am EDT
By Chris Zolli

CC Sabathia allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits in 2/3 of an inning on Sunday against the Braves. Sabathia, making only his second Spring appearance, walked one and struck out one, allowing a Kurt Suzuki and Sean Kazmar double. He appears to be the 2nd or 3rd starter for the Yankees coming into the season.

Fantasy Impact: This is a poor outing for Sabathia, who has passed his time as an ace and a fantasy option. Sabathia pitched well at points last season, and has seen his ERA and WHIP drop in each of the last three seasons, but he is not even worth a starting spot in AL-only leagues.

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CC Sabathia allowed two hits and one walk over two scoreless innings against the Rays on Tuesday. Sabathia also struck out two batters and looks like he is going to be behind Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda in the Yankees rotation. He was 9-12 with a 3.91 ERA last season.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia has seen his ERA, WHIP, H/9, and HR/9 drop over the last three seasons, but has also seen his K/9 drop and BB/9 rise over the same time period. He working on being more of a finesse pitcher, but if he can get close to 200 innings pitched, he can be effective. Even if Sabathia is effective, striking out less batters makes him less attractive for fantasy purposes.

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CC Sabathia was terrific on Tuesday, striking out seven across 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: CC allowed no runs, three hits and one walk. Yankees managed Joe Girardi pulled Sabathia after he retired the lead off hitter in the seventh even though he had thrown just 93 pitches. Although CC didn't get the win he looked better than his last few starts. He'll face Boston this Sunday.

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CC Sabathia allowed three runs on seven hits over four innings against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia wasn't a disaster, strking out four and no walks however, three of his seven hits allowed went for homers. In 26 starts he's 8-12 with a ERA of 4.27. His next start will be against the LA Dodgers.

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CC Sabathia sinks Mariners

Wed, Aug 24th 2:06am EDT
By Steve Anagnos

CC Sabathia threw seven innings of three-hit ball on Tuesday night in Seattle to win his eighth game of the season. He walked one and struck out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia lowered his ERA to 4.33 and improved to 8-10 on the season. If this is the beginning of another nice streak, CC could provide DFS value.

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CC Sabathia gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Indians beat the Yankees 5-2 on Saturday. He surrendered six hits, walked four, and struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia has not recorded a quality start in eight of his last nine outings and has seen his ERA jump from 2.20 to 4.18 in that span. After a great and unexpected stretch of great numbers, Sabathia has pitched more like his pre-season projections as of late.

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CC Sabathia was charged for four runs over 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: CC gave up seven hits, one walk and struck only two batters. In his last six starts he's allowed at least four runs. His next start will be against the Houston Astros.

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CC Sabathia fell to 5-7 on the season Saturday while giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and walking three batters in 5 1/3 innings of work. His ERA rose to 3.94

Fantasy Impact: The big damage came on a three-run homer after some cheap hits and an error had CC looking worse than he actually pitched. He gets the first place Orioles his next time out.

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CC Sabathia allowed six runs on eight hits in seven innings against the Rangers on Tuesday night, but ineffective defense (from himself and Chase Headley) allowed four of those runs to be scored in the top of the eighth inning. This poor inning means that Sabathia has now allowed 11 runs over his last two starts and has a 3.17 ERA this season. He is 5-5 and will face the Padres on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately neither Sabathia's blunder nor Headley's misplay were errors, so fantasy owners just have to deal with the fact that he pitched well yet allowed six runs. It was a good sign that Sabathia allowed two runs over the first seven innings against one of the best offenses in baseball and he is still a decent SP4. Current Padres' batters have a .900 OPS and nine home runs against Sabathia in 148 at-bats.

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The Yankees are hopeful Sabathia with an ankle will be able to make his next start. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia turned his ankle during Wednesday's game against Colorado, which resulted in a somewhat abbreviated outing for the 35-year-old (86 pitches). Fortunately, X-rays were negative, and the Yankees seem optimistic he'll be ready to face the Rangers early next week. That said, Sabathia's availability may not be confirmed until he completes his between-starts bullpen session.

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CC Sabathia gave up six runs (5 earned) in 4 1/3 innings of work against the Rockies on Wednesday in his shortest outing of the season. He was not charged with the loss as the Yankees came back to win the game 9-8

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia had the best stretch of starts of any pitcher in baseball leading up to this clunker, so let's give him a pass considering he rolled his ankle early in the game. He will take a 2.71 ERA into his next start.

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CC Sabathia answering all doubts

Fri, Jun 17th 10:28am EDT
By Steve Anagnos

CC Sabathia produced yet another quality start, giving up one run in six innings to defeat the Twins 4-1 on Thursday. He gave up six hits, walked three, and struck out seven while lowering his ERA to an amazing 2.20

Fantasy Impact: Of all the Yankees starters that have shown positive flashes, it is CC Sabathia that has the pedigree and history that makes this no fluke. Injury risk aside, believe that CC has figured how to win with diminished velocity and scoop him up if he is foolishly left on the wire.

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CC Sabathia pitched seven strong innings of five-hit ball to beat the Tigers 4-0 on Friday night. He struck out four and walked two while lowering his ERA to 2.28

Fantasy Impact: Numbers don't lie and big CC seems to have figured it all out lately. Add him if he's still available and look for him as a potential DFS bargain.

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CC Sabathia gets no support

Sun, Jun 5th 11:50pm EDT
By Steve Anagnos

Though he walked six batters, CC Sabathia did not give up a run in five innings, striking out five Orioles in the process. The Yankees could only squeeze out one run in what has become an all too familiar story for Yankee pitchers lately, as Baltimore beat the Yankees 3-1

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia has pitched well above anyone's expectations for the last month and has battled to keep the Yankees in a position to win. Hopefully your doubts and earlier expectations did not keep you from adding CC and riding this streak.

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CC Sabathia threw six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one base on balls in the Yankees' 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. His performance capped a month where only Clayton Kershaw had a lower ERA.

Fantasy Impact: Whether you believe Sabathia can keep this up or not, you can't ignore that he just may have turned the corner on re-inventing himself with lower velocity. There is risk, but adding CC could pay big dividends if he keeps this up.

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CC Sabathia threw seven innings of two-hit ball only to take a tough luck loss. CC gave up two unearned runs and that was all Toronto needed as the Yankees fell 3-1. Sabathia walked one and struck out seven while his record evened at 3-3.

Fantasy Impact: CC has looked sharp after coming off the DL and now has an ERA of 2.83 on the season. It was a hot day in the Bronx and the big man dialed up a few pitches at 92 MPH against a tough Blue Jay lineup. While he has looked great, you have to be concerned with his age and injury risk.

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CC Sabathia sharp in return

Sat, May 21st 7:59am EDT
By Steve Anagnos

CC Sabathia allowed only one run on three hits while striking out six to stifle the A's on Friday. He is now 3-2 on the season with a 3.41 ERA. The outing, his first start off the 15-day DL, earned him his 100th victory as a Yankee.

Fantasy Impact: CC looked sharp and got stronger as the game progressed, reminding owners of his younger days. Let's see if he can put a few of those together against some better teams before we run to the wire.

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CC Sabathia logged a successful simulated game on Sunday. Assuming all continues to go well in his recovery, he is slated to return from the disabled list Friday against the Athletics. (Source: Chad Jennings on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia will look to keep the momentum going in his next start. While he's still not fantasy relevant at this point, he's been better of late and certainly better than he was last year at this point.

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The Yankees have said that SP CC Sabathia could return from his injury when he's first eligible, on May 20. Sabathia hit the disabled list earlier this month with a strained groin. (Source: Sweeny Murti on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is promising news for the team, and it would seem that Sabathia should be able to make it back before the end of the month, at least. Despite his impressive background, Sabathia doesn't hold much fantasy value considering his performance over the past few seasons and the home park he plays in.

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CC Sabathia has been placed on the Yankees' 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.

Fantasy Impact: It's been a tough stretch for Yankees pitchers in the early going. Sabathia's injury comes after his best appearance of the 2016 season. He's expected to require nearly a month off, assuming he doesn't suffer a setback to his current injury. He's not extremely fantasy relevant or worth holding through an injury like this.

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CC Sabathia pitched seven dominant innings against the Orioles on Wednesday en route to his second win of the season. Sabathia did not allow a run over seven innings and struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia suddenly has a palatable 3.81 ERA on the season. He's still allowing way too many baserunners and his strikeout rate is too low for him to be considered a viable mixed league option. But, keep your eye on him over the next several starts for possible matchup consideration down the road.

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CC Sabathia allowed three runs over six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers. He gave up five hits and three walks, striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia lowered his ERA and WHIP to 5.06 and 1.69, respectively. Oddly enough, he has allowed exactly three earned runs in all four of his starts this season. He's just not startable in fantasy at this point, especially since the Yankees aren't hitting enough to make him a consistent wins candidate.

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CC Sabathia downed by Mariners

Sun, Apr 17th 12:42pm EDT
By Steve Anagnos

After four shutout innings, CC Sabathia could not get out of the fifth in a 3-2 loss to Seattle on Saturday. The three runs he gave up proved to be just enough to take care of the slumping Yankees. He gave up seven hits, issued one base on balls, and struck out five batters.

Fantasy Impact: Hopefully CC can gain a little stamina as the season goes on. His story has been consistent, pitching well before hitting a wall and giving up a big inning. It's tough to get wins from someone struggling to go five innings.

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CC Sabathia wins season debut

Sat, Apr 9th 7:11pm EDT
By Steve Anagnos

CC Sabathia, the last Yankees starter to win a rotation spot, became the first Yankees starter to go six innings this season. CC beat the Tigers 8-4 on Saturday, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out three. He walked four batters and managed to get out of a key jam

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia is trying to re-invent himself since he doesn't have the velocity he used to. He could prove to be a solid number five starter for the Yankees, but innings eaters with high ERA and WHIP stats don't bring home fantasy trophies. Wait and see if CC can string a few good starts together before considering him as an add

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Joe Girardi named CC Sabathia the fifth starter over Ivan Nova on Friday. Girardi referred to last year's strong September and CC's experience as the deciding factors. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This was the common sense move, as Sabathia led the Yankees in innings pitched last season while Nova has not pitched more than 139 innings in the last three years. Wait and see how it plays out before adding either of them off the wire. If you haven't drafted yet, look for more solid options or upside late in your draft

A solid outing on Thursday from CC Sabathia, combined with Ivan Nova's rough outing against the Orioles yesterday, has made Sabathia the favorite for the 5th starter spot.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia's resume and leadership in the clubhouse will win out if an obvious winner in this spring battle does not surface. However, you still will not know what you are going to get from CC, who has been often injured and appears to have declining skills. A good guy to root for, but it may be best to root for him on the waiver wire.

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CC Sabathia is currently fighting for a spot in the Yankees' starting rotation. Manager Joe Girardi told reporters that the veteran left-hander will have to earn his spot in the rotation. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: At this point it's down to Sabathia and Ivan Nova. Sabathia is expected to claim the role considering his experience, contract and the fact that Nova has more experience pitching out of the bullpen. Still, Sabathia isn't considering a viable fantasy option at this point, even in the deepest of leagues.

CC Sabathia started and pitched five innings giving up six hits, one run, and had three strikeouts in a 4-1 win over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: CC Sabathia finished the regular season with a 6-10 record, a 4.73 ERA, and 137 strikeouts. 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.

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According to Yankee manager Joe Girardi's recent announcement about CC Sabathia being placed on the DL, he mentioned the possibility of his 2015 season coming to an end. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia's knee has been a problem for a while now, and it's a shame what has happened to the once dominant lefty ace. He is still owed $25 million in each of the 2016 and 2017 seasons, and it remains to be seen how much Sabathia will have left after yet another injury.

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After exiting Sunday's start early against the Indians, CC Sabathia had been scheduled to get an MRI done on his right knee and is expected to be placed on the DL. Immediately after reaching back and throwing a 91 mile per hour fastball, the staff came out to get Sabathia in the third inning with two outs. (Source: Andrew Marchand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is not the best news for Sabathia owners, however the veteran lefty was not exactly having a good season to begin with. The Yankees will now stick with a five-man rotation, after previously announcing that it would become a six-man with Michael Pineda returning this week.

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New York Yankees veteran lefty CC Sabathia finished out the three game set against Boston with one of his best starts of the season, throwing six innings of one run ball with eight strikeouts, three walks, and 3 hits. Sabathia's velocity was certainly present, along with the sharp slider that has made him so effective for years.

Fantasy Impact: Considering Sabathia was coming off two games in a row in which he surrendered 10 earned runs, this was a refreshing performance to watch. He now lowered his ERA to 5.34 this season, but remained 4-8 after leaving the game with a no decision. I'd still be careful in how frequently you deploy Sabathia in all fantasy lineups, but this was somewhat encouraging. The lefthander will next take on the team where his career began, the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

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Sabathia went five innings allowing five runs. He gave up nine hits and a walk while striking out three.

Fantasy Impact: At this point, his name recognition and people's memories of his former glory are much higher than his actual standing among pitchers based on performance.

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CC Sabathia went six innings giving up only a single run. He allowed six hits with a lone walk and seven strikeouts. He ended up with a no-decision despite the effort but the Yankees eventually got the win.

Fantasy Impact: CC is no longer the ace or even strong pitcher he used to be but he is a decent speculation play in deeper leagues.

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CC Sabathia went five and one third innings giving up two runs. He scattered nine hits/walks while striking out one. He got the win which was his fourth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia is still not a viable starter in a lot of leagues but he continues to possess the ability to be effective for awhile. Combined with the Yankees' ability to score runs on most days, his ability to be effective for stretches creates an opportunity to rack up some wins at points in the season.

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CC Sabathia with a loss on Monday

Tue, Jun 30th 12:56am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Sabathia went seven and one third innings allowing four runs. He surrendered seven hit/walks while striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia's numbers are just not very good right now. He may turn it around but until then, it is hard to start him outside of deep leagues.

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Sabathia went four and two thirds innings allowing six runs. He surrendered 10 base runners (eight hits and two walks) while striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia's numbers are just not very good right now. He may turn it around but until then, it is hard to start him outside of deep leagues.

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CC Sabathia went six innings allowing three runs. He surrendered five base runners (all hits) while striking out seven. The Yankees offensive explosion came one inning too late for him so he ended up with a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: His numbers look bad but he will have some good starts. He simply is not the elite guy he was in 2012 and before. He can be useful in medium leagues if you wisely choose the right matchups but most of his value is in deep leagues

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Sabathia went five innings allowing four runs. He allowed eight base runners (all hits) while striking out three. Alex Rodriguez picked him up with a tying HR to get him off the hook for a loss, though Orioles did go on to win the game.

Fantasy Impact: CC Sabathia continues to struggle. He hasn't gone past the sixth inning since May 9. He allowed two HR to his season total which is now tied for the most in the AL. He should not be rostered in shallow leagues, and is hard to start in medium leagues until he turns it around.

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CC Sabathia pitched six innings, giving up five hits, two runs, one walk, and seven strikeouts in the Yankees 6-2 win over the Angels. He was ejected in the 6th inning arguing balls and strikes

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia is 3-7 with a high ERA of 5.25 on the season. He started the season 0-5, but since he is 3-2 and has pitched at least five innings in four of five starts. He surrendered two homers in the outing and still owns an ERA north of 5.00, so it's difficult to put much hope in him reemerging as an innings-eating stud for the Yankees. Sabathia is in line to make his next turn Sunday in Baltimore.

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CC Sabathia pitched 5.2 IP allowing two earned runs on nine hits, while striking out six and walking two. He earned a no decision in the Yankees 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: While this wasn't an overpowering performance from Sabathia by any means, this is probably what we should expect from the veteran lefty moving forward. Five-six innings, allowing a couple of runs and getting a few strikeouts. He is no longer the kind of pitcher who can face an opposing lineup three or four times in a game. On the season, he is 2-7 with a 5.45 ERA.

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CC Sabathia could only go 2.1 IP in a 15-4 loss to the Texas Rangers yesterday. Sabathia gave up seven hits and six earned runs. He did manage to get four strikeouts in his limited outing. Sabathia is now 2-6 on the season and has a 5.47 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia has been a major disappointment this season, especially at home. He is 0-3 with an 11.77 ERA at Yankee Stadium this season. Hitters are batting .387 against the veteran left hander at home.

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CC Sabathia pitched seven strong innings last night against the Tampa Bay Rays and got his first win of the year. Sabathia gave up four runs (three ER) on six hits, but was able to strike out nine hitters, while only allowing two walks. Sabathia is now 1-5 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: This was a good sign for Sabathia, as this was by far his best performance of the year. He'll have to put together a few more good starts before being able to be counted on again in fantasy. For now, this start should be viewed as a step in the right direction.

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Coming off of two solid outings, CC Sabathia only lasted five innings against the Mets, allowing nine hits and seven runs. Sabathia allowed three home runs as his ERA rose to 5.96

Fantasy Impact: The positive for Sabathia is that his K:BB ratio rose to 5.5, but that is really the lone consulation. Sabathia was done in by the big inning again, as he allowed four runs in the fourth inning, and allowed a lot of hard contact on outs as well. His damage was not limited to when he pitched as well, as Juan Lagares was left on base when Sabathia left the game and Esmil Rodgers allowed him to score the Mets' seventh run. Sabathia's fantasy value is minimal and he may be more hurt than he is leading on; he struggled to cover first base on a Curtis Granderson infield single and looked like he was limping the whole way. If you own Sabathia, drop him immediately.

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CC Sabathia held the Tigers off of the board until the seventh inning, but the two runs that he allowed in the seventh made him a hard luck loser against the Tigers. Sabathia allowed seven hits and struck out five over eight innings pitched. Sabathia was also very economical, as he threw 98 pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia looked like he was going to cruise to a victory, but the Yankees offense and defense let him down. The Yankees had averaged 5.5 runs per game over the six game road trip, but only scored once against the Tigers and Didi Gregorius misplayed a groundball, leading to the game winning run. Sabathia walked three batters as well, and his sparkingly 15.0 K:BB fell to 4.5; he still has 18 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings, better than his 7.8 strikeouts per nine over his career. He is a back end of the rotation option for fantasy purposes, even with an 0-3 record, as he will provide veteran consistency.

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CC Sabathia pitched seven innings against the Orioles and allowed seven hits and four runs. He also had seven strikeouts and only one walk.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia has a 5.68 ERA through his first 12 2/3 innings of the season, but also has 15 strikeouts and one walk allowed. As with Michael Pineda, the Yankees have seen Sabathia miss his spots over the plate too much in the early going, but he has be successful for the majority of the time. If Sabathia continues with his sterling control, he may be worth a look in mixed formats as long as he keeps home runs to a minimum.

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CC Sabathia was knocked around by the Blue Jays in 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits. Although he had a rough outing, he did have eight strikeouts and no walks.

Fantasy Impact: Those that took a chance on Sabathia were hoping that he would regain his command and, other than a rough second inning, Sabathia controlled the game. In three of his six innings that he pitched in, he had at least two strikeouts and he looked sharper than he has in almost three seasons. Owning Sabathia is quite the stretch, but this outing does give some hope for the future.

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CC Sabathia pitched 5 1/3 innings against the Nationals, allowing five hits, three runs, three walks, while striking out three. He finishes the spring with an 8.10 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia could be a SP4 in AL-only leagues this season, but he needs to show that he is healthy and ready to perform. Sabathia has had weight problems and needs to show that he can handle his new found added weight. Many said that Sabathia's weight loss over the past couple seasons created fatigue, but he has not looked good this spring as he regained weight. Sabathia was once a 200 plus inning a year pitcher with 200 or more strikeouts a year, but he needs to prove that he has the stability to reach those benchmarks again. At this point, Sabathia is not worthwhile for fantasy purposes.

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CC Sabathia became agitated when asked about how much stock people should put into his spring numbers. He says he is not worried about his spring stats, even though he has surrendered five home runs over his 9 2/3 spring innings, including five innings for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate. (Source: Sporting News)

Fantasy Impact: Coming off a 2014 season in which he was limited to just eight starts and underwent knee surgery, CC Sabathia seems focused on staying healthy and trying to getting his work in. The season is set to begin next week so that's when the numbers really become important. Fantasy owners and owners looking to possibly add Sabathia for depth should follow his first few starts in April before making any rash decisions.

Yankees left-hander, CC Sabathia, threw two innings on Tuesday night allowing two runs on four hits and added two strikeouts in his first appearance of the spring.

Fantasy Impact: CC Sabathia was happy to make it through the outing without any pain and said he felt great afterward. He had a sharp 1-2-3 first inning before allowing two runs in his final frame. According to the radar gun on the YES Network, Sabathia unofficially topped out at 96 MPH, typically throwing his fastball in the low 90's, which was encouraging. He will have several more spring starts prior to Opening Day so prospective fantasy owners should monitor his progress over the next couple of weeks.

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The much anticipated spring debut of CC Sabathia will finally happen Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. This will be Sabathia's first appearance in a game since undergoing knee surgery last season. (Source: ESPN New York)

Fantasy Impact: All the Yankees are hoping for in this outing is for CC Sabathia to make it through his outing unscathed. This will be the first step in his return to the Yankees rotation. His success or failure, statistically speaking, in his first outing really won't give us fantasy owners too much info on how he will be able to handle the long summer. CC Sabathia, when healthy, is great at eating innings and can be a solid fantasy pitcher. But with the uncertainty in his knee, drafting him will be a risk, hopefully one that pays off.

CC Sabathia will pitch a simulated game on Thursday in hopes of following it up with his spring debut soon after. (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: CC Sabathia has taken things slowly so far this spring after undergoing knee surgery in 2014. He stated everything is going as planned and he feels good, so assuming the simulated game goes well, he should pitch in a game soon afterward. Sabathia has been a workhorse and always has been able to eat up innings and rack up strikeouts. Fantasy owners should monitor him throughout the rest of the spring. He could be a high risk, high reward pick in this year's fantasy drafts.

CC Sabathia throws live BP Sunday

Mon, Mar 9th 2:45pm EDT
By Dan Lucia

CC Sabathia threw 29 pitches on Sunday to Greg Bird and Rob Refsnyder, utilizing all his pitches. He will likely pitch a simulated game next, followed by his first Grapefruit League action. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: CC Sabathia says he is on schedule with what he and Yankees decided heading into the spring following his rough 2014 where he made only eight starts and ended up having knee surgery. The biggest question is whether Sabathia can retain his old form and be a top of the rotation pitcher. That is still yet to be known but he was, until last year, a perennial 200 inning pitcher. He could be a high risk, high reward pick in your upcoming draft.

CC Sabathia threw 20 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday and said he is ready to pitch an exhibition game if asked. Sabathia was quoted as saying he, "Felt good. No problems." (Source: Newsday)

Fantasy Impact: Coming of a 2014 season in which he was only able to make eight starts and had knee surgery, the news is encouraging. CC Sabathia put on weight in the offseason and reported to camp at 305 pounds and stronger. That's the weight he feels he needs to be at in order to, as he put it, 'have his legs under him'. The Yankees and fantasy owners are looking for Sabathia to return to his usual form of 200+ innings and a dependable starter every five days.

CC Sabathia threw 41 pitches after an offseason where he had his knee arthroscopically cleaned and needs a knee brace. Sabathia also arrived at camp over 300 pounds, so knee issues would be a logical problem. Sabathia says that he is fine and that he feels even better now that the knee is cleaned out. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia had his worse MLB season in 2013 and was both injured and ineffective in 2014, so he is coming off of two lost seasons and a long stretch of a lot of innings pitched. He averaged 213 IP per season from 2001-2013 and 223 IP per season since coming to the Yankees in 2009. He may not be the Cy Young candidate as he was in the past, but a healthy Sabathia should be able to pitch 200-215 innings this season. Mind this though: other than a poor 2013 season, Sabathia has averaged an 18-7 record with a 3.22 ERA and 205 strikeouts in four Yankee seasons. There is upside as an SP3 or SP2 in AL-only leagues for Sabathia if he is healthy; sadly this is the story for almost of the pitchers in the Yankees rotation so buyer beware for any Yankee SP.

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New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia came into camp topping 300 pounds and feels stronger than he did last season when he arrived 30 pounds lighter than previous years. The 34-year-old southpaw threw his first bullpen Saturday, tossing fastballs and changeups in a 25-pitch session. (Source: ESPN New York)

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia is coming off arthroscopic right knee surgery which cut his 2014 season short. Sabathia made just eight starts in 2014, going 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA (4.78 FIP), 1.48 WHIP and 48 K in 46 innings. After also turning in a dismal 2013 season (14 W, 4.78 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 175 K in 211 IP), Sabathia’s road to a turnaround begins with his health and ends with his ability to get batters out without a high velocity fastball. Sabathia must resort to off-speed pitches to keep batters off balance in order to rein his rate stats. Sabathia currently holds an ECR of 355 and because of two big question marks – his health and his repertoire – selecting him much earlier than that might be begging for fantasy trouble down the road.

CC Sabathia was the definition of a workhorse over the first 13 years of his career, averaging 213 innings pitched per season, but had arm and knee issues that have ruined the past two seasons. Yankees' GM Brian Cashman thinks that those injuries are in the past and the 34 year old can be successful. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: If Cashman's assertion is correct, that would be massive for fantasy purposes, as he had a 3.22 ERA, 226 innings pitched per season, and a 1.18 WHIP over the first three seasons of his Yankees career. This may not be feasible, but Sabathia, if healthy, should be able to log 200 or more innings and provide stability to the middle of the Yankees rotation and a fantasy rotation as well. A huge positive for those considering Sabathia's merits: even though his velocity is down over the past four seasons, he had his highest K/9 of his career in 2014 and second best K:BB as well. Sabathia may not be a power pitcher anymore, but may be reliable as a crafty veteran. If his knee and arm are healthy, huge question marks at this point, he should be relied upon for fantasy purposes.

CC Sabathia says he has no pain after right knee surgery and should be ready to report with pitchers and catchers on February 20th. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia was 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA last year in eight starts, but did have his first season with a K/9 better than 9 and his best K:BB with 4.8. Sabathia has seen his velocity drop, but has also refined his control and worked on his pitching repertoire. Sabathia's issue over the past two seasons has been a sharp increase in hits and home runs allowed and his rehabilitation from injury could show if these issues were physical or from his talents diminishing. He may not be worthy of drafting until later in the draft, but could have some value if his rehabilition leads to better pitching habits.

Scouts believe that Sabathia is a smart pitcher that learns from scouting batters and has aggressively sought new ways to pitch. These traits will be useful for the 35 year old that has been on and off the DL for the past two years. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Over the 12 years of his career, Sabathia was the model of a workhorse, posting eight seasons with 15 or more wins and seven seasons with 200 or more innings. The past two seasons have been rough, though, as he has had a 17-17 record and a 4.87 ERA, missing much of the 2014 season with a knee injury that limited him to only eight starts. Although his velocity on his fastball has declined, dropping from 94 mph in 2009 to 88 mph in 2014, Sabathia has maintained an 8.2 K/9 ratio in that five year period, mixing in a cutter in the past two seasons. If Sabathia is able to keep developing as a crafty veteran and if his knee problems do not flare up again, both huge question marks, there is potential for him to be a good rebound pick in the 16-19th round of the draft.