Yankees Player of the Week: May 27-June 2

Sabathia threw a dominating 7.1 IP on Friday night to end the Yankees losing skid.

In a week that found the Yankees struggle to click offensively, where the pitching staff kept the team in most of the games to give the  offense a chance, the Yankees player of the week for May 28-June 2 is CC Sabathia. After losing 5 straight games, including an abysmal 4 game series against the Mets (2 games at Citi Field, 2 games at Yankee Stadium), Carsten Charles stepped onto the mound on Friday evening to give the Yankees one of his best performances of the season.

Sabathia threw 7.1 IP of 1 run baseball, allowing Robertson and Rivera to shut the door for a 4-1 victory against rival Boston. CC allowed 6 hits, while tying his season high mark of 10 strikeouts, and walking none. Sabathia lowered his ERA to 3.71, on the season and was able to escape May with a victory, going 1-2 for the month, with 3 no-decisions.

The lefty hurler seemed to find a little more juice on his fastball on Friday evening. Up until his most recent start, Sabathia’s fastball was sitting in the 89-91 MPH range. During this start, his fastball was consistently sitting in the the 92-94 MPH range. When asked about his increased velocity, Sabathia was quoted as saying:

I felt a little better, but I couldn’t really tell. I definitely felt like I got a couple swings and misses on my fastball and a couple guys were late, so it was definitely coming out a little better.

Jon Lester, the Red Sox ace who faced off against Sabathia on Friday night, had nothing but positives to say in regards to Sabathia’s performance:

You don’t really expect anything less from him. I know he hasn’t really pitched well — or probably up to his standards — the past couple, so you knew coming in with us being here he was going to step it up and throw a good game, and he did that tonight. He threw the hell out of the ball tonight.

Honorable Mention:

  1. Hiroki Kuroda (2.19 ERA; 12.1 IP; 12 Ks; 0.97 WHIP)
  2. Preston Claiborne (0.00 ERA; 3.1 IP; 3 Ks; 0.90 WHIP)
  3. Jayson Nix (.353 BA; 6 H; 3 RBI; .742 OPS)
  4. Ichiro Suzuki (.381 BA; 8 H; 1 RBI; .790 OPS)
  5. Robinson Cano (.280 BA; 7 H; 2 RBI; 1 HR; .733 OPS)

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