Sabathia, who went 19-7 and pitched a major-league leading 241 innings while helping the Indians to the American League Championship Series, insists nothing is wrong with his arm, but Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams may know the answer.
"I go back to what history has shown us," Williams said. "When you go through a season when you reach the postseason, there's a fatigue factor.
"When we won (the World Series) in '05, we witnessed the residual effect. You may have the same velocity on your pitches the next year, but the effort has to be increased to get to that velocity, so you sacrifice location and command."
Sabathia, who walked only six batters in September, already has issued 14 walks. He hasn't lasted longer than 5 ⅓ innings in any of his four starts, giving up nine runs in each of his last two starts. He's still throwing 95 mph, but his pinpoint control has disappeared.
"I've got to believe it's fatigue," Williams said. "That being said, I don't think he'll have a bad year. He'll figure it out.
"I just hope he figures it out later than sooner."http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball ... hers_N.htm