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    Is CC finished?
    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - CC Sabathia, now listed at a stealthy 285 pounds, may be in the best shape of his life. So naturally, his stats are at an all-time worst.

    Sabathia's 2014 season has given us good, bad and a whole lot of ugly. Overall, the 6-foot-7 left-hander is 1-2 with a 6.63 ERA.

    None of that screams "Opening Day starter" or "$23 million a year starter," which is exactly how much the Yankees are paying Sabathia this season.

    Really, this is a continuation of what we saw last season from Sabathia. Heading into the 2013 campaign, Sabathia owned a career ERA of 3.50 across 2,564 1/3 major league innings. In 230 innings since then, his ERA has been just under five (4.93).

    Sabathia just doesn't intimidate hitters like he used to. Opponents are hitting .269 against CC this year, 22 percentage points higher than his career average (.247). He's also been taken deep five times, putting Sabathia on pace to give up 62 homers this season. That's 12 more than Bert Blyleven allowed when he set the major league record of 50 in 1986.

    Sabathia's struggles might be linked to his steep decline in velocity. The average reading on Sabathia's fastball in 2014 is only 89.1 mph. Compare that to the 92.9 mph fastball Sabathia threw during his only Cy Young season in '07 or even the 92.3 mph heater he clocked as recently as 2012.

    If you're looking for a pattern with CC, look at how he begins and finishes each start. While Sabathia has cruised through innings 2-5 (1.50 ERA in 12 innings), the first and sixth frames have been trouble areas for the left- hander. All four of the runs he allowed Friday versus Boston came in the sixth and three of the four he gave up to Toronto were in that same inning. The Blue Jays' other run came in the first, which is when Houston scored four of its six runs against CC on Opening Day. If you add it all up, Sabathia's ERA in the first and sixth innings this season is a pitiful 18.00.

    Navigating his way out of jams used to be Sabathia's specialty. This season, it's been his undoing. Sabathia's 58.8 percent strand rate is sixth-worst among 100 qualified starting pitchers this year. It's also 13.8 percent lower than his career average (72.6).

    Sure, there's been some bad luck along the way. Opponents are hitting .308 on balls in play against Sabathia this season, a noticeable increase from his career mark of .293. But that still doesn't explain Sabathia's exceedingly generous .300 batting average against with runners on base.

    If there's anything CC can hang his sideways hat on, it's his respectable 1.26 WHIP and a career-best 9.95 strikeouts per nine innings. Plus, his heavy reliance on sinkers (he's using it on a career-high 30.4 percent of his pitches this season) has led to a much improved ground ball rate (1.48 G/F is eighth-best in MLB).

    We're 13 games into the season so there's plenty of time for Sabathia to turn things around. But will he? Dates with the Red Sox and Rays in three of his next four starts won't make life any easier for the soon-to-be 34-year-old.

    When it comes to New York's baggy pants-wearing left-hander, there's not a lot for fantasy owners to be optimistic about. But at least he's in great shape, right?




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

      Updated:

      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

      Updated:

      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 7-8 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

      Updated:

      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

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      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

      • Great 38More>>

      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Friday, January 16 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-16 17:49:27 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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      • Rainy weekend in Tampa Bay

        Rainy weekend in Tampa Bay

        Saturday, February 28 2015 5:04 PM EST2015-02-28 22:04:28 GMT
        "After a wet Saturday, we are not expecting to see as much rainfall across the Tampa Bay area on Sunday," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips. 
        "After a wet Saturday, we are not expecting to see as much rainfall across the Tampa Bay area on Sunday," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips. 
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