C.C. Sabathia: There's No Place Like Home?

Guvnor RiverCorrespondent IApril 4, 2008

Playing in Oakland is a homecoming for 2007 Cy Young Award winner C.C. Sabathia, who is from Vallejo, Calif., about 25 miles north of Oakland.

So far, hometown cooking has not worked for Sabathia.

In the past four seasons, Sabathia has given up 24 runs, 21 earned, on 29 hits, with 12 walks in 21 innings. 

What do those numbers mean when broken down by season?

Since 2004, Sabathia is 0-3 in in four starts with a 9.00 ERA at McAfee Coliseum.

While he was the top pitcher in the American League last year, he struggled in Oakland.  He pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits.

His worst game in Oakland was in 2005 when he didn't make it out of the second inning.  He allowed eight hits and eight runs, all earned.

In 2005, Sabathia had the opportunity to pitch across the bay.  He had a dominating start against the Giants at AT&T Park. He allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts.