C.C. Sabathia was lit up for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings by the Athletics on Friday.
Sabathia surrendered a run in every inning, including five in the second, taking his ERA up to 11.57 on the year. It's the first time in three outings that he's really stunk up the joint, but he also doesn't have a quality start yet. It's not a velocity problem; beginning in the second inning, he was typically at 93-95 mph with his fastball tonight. Hoever, his slider might as well have not existed. We'd be more worried if he was throwing the ball over the place or was struggling to touch 90 with his heater. It looks like he's healthy, and if that's the case, it's only a matter of time before he gets it turned around.
Do most people agree with this analysis from rotoworld? I watched the game the other day and he looked very hittable though he looked like he was throwing with his normal mechanics and velocity. Is he tipping his pitches or has his slider become non-effective?