CC Sabathia will officially turn 30 years old on Wednesday, but he celebrated in style with his teammates and Jay-Z at his 40-40 club in New York last night.
The big lefty is also having another fantastic season with a record of 12-3 and an ERA of 3.13; his 12 wins are tied for the league lead.
There is no doubt that he is at the top of his game and might be in line for his second Cy Young award in his career, a career that has garnered him 148 wins thus far - but can he get to 300 wins?
A lot of people think that Randy Johnson will be the last member to join the 300-win club.
Some people might suggest that Johan Santana could have a shot, but injuries over the past three years in New York have put a damper on his career, and 300 wins is highly unlikely considering he has just 129 wins at age 31.
There are a couple younger guys out there that have a shot. Stephen Strasburg possibly, but he is still a long, long ways off. Plus, there is no guarantee that he will hold up, just ask Cubs fans about Kerry Wood and Mark Prior.
Justin Verlander, at age 27, has 76 wins, but is still a long shot; as is Tim Lincecum who has just 50 wins at age 26.
Then you have the older guys that keep hanging around, like Andy Pettitte who is 60 wins shy of the 300 mark, but he is on the brink of retirement year in and year out. And who knows about Jamie Moyer - he needs 33 wins for 300 on his endless career, but at age 47, he can't possibly get there, can he?
The pitchers with the second best shot next to Sabathia would have to be the two Roys, Oswalt and Halladay. Oswalt has 143 career wins at age 32, but is on a terrible team right now, and Halladay has 158 at age 33.
So right now I would have to put my money on 30-year old CC Sabathia.
Injuries have not been a major problem for him thus far. He's a work horse who pitches 200+ innings easily, and he has been a strikeout machine, but doesn't always have to rely on the strikeout to get outs.
Plus, you have to take into consideration that he is pitching for the New York Yankees, a team that will always have a great offense to back him up with plenty of run support.
CC is the best bet for 300 wins right now, but he still needs 152 wins to get there. I guess we will find out in the next decade or so.
Just for fun, CC has averaged about 15 wins per year over the first 10 years of his career, including this year, which is obviously incomplete. So if you do the math, he needs to win 15 games each year for another 10 years to reach 300 career wins.
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