Overrated: An Account Of The Overrated CC Sabathia

Mike RCorrespondent IJune 25, 2008

5-8 with a 4.06 ERA. Those are the glaring statistics of last year's Cy Young Award winner out of Cleveland. After putting up stellar numbers (second, in my opinion, to those of Josh Beckett) last season, one could say Sabathia has not fully recovered from his faux pas committed in last year's ALCS where he went 0-2 with a 10.45 ERA (again, against an untouchable Beckett- 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA). This turn of events and Jekyll and Hyde type of performance by CC Sabathia has me not only wondering why in the world teams are thinking of selling the farm in order to acquire him this year, but also creates the question- is he one of the most overrated pitchers in baseball?

It's hard for me to find the argument that he isn't, but I'm sure I'll get plenty of wall posts by outraged Indians fans. And why wouldn't they be? Their city has waited a long time for a championship in any sport (the longest of any with active teams currently in play). But to put the hopes of a championship on Sabathia's shoulders, given his recent performances, just doesn't seem right. I do think they should trade him though, what have they got to lose? Another postseason of 10.45 ERA pitching? Another year without a ring? Put it this way, what have they to gain? Prospects for the future? Perhaps another bat to help their beleaguered offense of late? I can't say to a certainty, but it looks like now more than ever, Sabathia should be trade bait and anyone foolish enough to bite should be the catch of the day for the Indians organization.

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