After his 25th career game with double-digit strikeouts in the New York Yankees' 9-2 victory over the Indians Tuesday night at Progressive Field, CC Sabathia refused to gloat.
And he had every reason to.
Sabathia was not selected for next Tuesday's All-Star Game in Phoenix despite a 12-4 record, which is tops in the majors and matched his most career victories prior to the break (also in 2010 and 2007). He became the first Yankee to win at least 12 games before the All-Star break in back-to-back seasons since Tommy John in 1979-80). Sabathia has a 2.90 ERA in 19 starts.
Fanning 11 Indians Tuesday, Sabathia has struck out 24 in his last two appearances and has allowed no earned runs in that span.
But the former Indian was diplomatic when asked whether he was trying to show he deserved to be on the roster in Phoenix, even though he seems to be making a run for his second Cy Young Award.
"Not at all. I’m just trying to help this team win. I’m pretty excited about my All-Star break, so we’ll see what happens,'' Sabathia said. According to the New York Daily News, Sabathia is taking his family to the Bahamas during his time off.
Sabathia said he didn't take the snub personally.
"(Texas manager Ron Washington) picked the guys he wanted on the team,'' Sabathia said. "I didn’t get voted in by the players. You’ve got to try to keep going.''
Historically a better second-half pitcher, Sabathia said the hot weather was a factor for him Tuesday, when he allowed five hits and no runs and walked two in seven innings.
"That’s a big thing for me, in between innings staying loose and making sure I keep sweating,'' he said. "That’s a big part of my velocity.''
Other thoughts from the Indians-Yankees series:
- Sitting on East Fourth Street on Monday, it was alarming how many two-team couples and households passed by -- boyfriends/girlfriends or husbands/wives, some wearing Tribe garb, the other a Yankees' shirt. But the most disturbing site was at the game, when a mother in an Indians shirt carried a young child and led another down the aisle. Both kids were dressed in pinstripes.
- It appeared cheaper for Yankees fans to drive from New York rather than shell out the big bucks to go to a game at new Yankee Stadium. The most dedicated fans I saw were two senior citizens checking into the Hilton Garden Inn, she with a firm grasp on her oxygen tank.
- Parking across the street from Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday night was $30. That's playoff-level pricing.
- As of Tuesday evening, no game in this weekend's series against the Toronto Blue Jays had sold over 16,000 tickets. It's still puzzling why the fans won't embrace the Indians even though they're still in the race. Is the economy still a factor, or fans' long-time resentment of the Dolans' ownership?
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