With the boo-birds out in full force over CC Sabathia’s slow start to his first season as a Yankee, baseball fans prove that they can always be counted on to completely miss the point.
Rather than go into a tirade about how stupid everybody is, let’s just take a look at CC’s splits from last season, first his performance though April and then for the rest of the season:
As you can clearly see, there was nothing wrong with CC Sabathia in 2008, despite his slow start to open the season.
Using a couple of games, in this case his first six starts of 2009, as an indicator of performance is almost completely worthless. Baseball players need hundreds, if not thousands of games to reveal the true level of their ability, and sometimes even an entire career isn’t enough.
There is little doubt that CC Sabathia will be really good in 2009, and as much as I can’t stand the Yankees, I’m excited to see him shove it in his naysayer’s faces.
As always, this posting was made possible thanks to the ridiculously awesome Baseball-Reference.com.