The curse of the one bad inning continued for CC Sabathia yesterday. This one was particularly bad because of the Brendan Ryan error that allowed the inning to continue and the back-to-back jacks that followe. After the game, CC talked about what he was trying to do in the at-bat against Jonathan Lucroy:
“Just trying to throw a comeback sinker. Ended up middle, didn't get in enough, and he put a good swing on it. Just a mistake."
Far be it for me to question a guy who's pitched for as long as CC has, but maybe throwing a sinker in an 0-2 count wasn't the best decision. He's been so inconsistent with command of both of his fastballs this year and at 89-90 MPH, they aren't swing-and-miss pitches anymore. In that situation, I would have rather seen another slider to try to get the strikeout. Hell, waste one way down in the dirt and see if you can get Lucroy to chase. That's way better than throwing a hittable fastball anywhere in the strike zone, regardless of whether you hit your spot or not.
I don't know, maybe I'm off base here. It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me to throw your weakest pitches in a pitcher's count. If the sinker was 92-93 with consistent movement, it'd be a different story. But it's not and CC's not locating where he wants to, so why throw it and give the hitter a chance when you've already got him in an 0-2 hole?