(Courtesy of the AP)
It took a while, but if last night was any indication Joe has finally figured out what he's got to do with CC Sabathia. Sabathia was bad again last night, giving up 5 runs in 5.1 innings of work. He gave up 3 2-out, run-scoring hits and an inexcusable 2-run home run to Danny Valencia in the 5th inning. The offense got him the lead in the bottom of 5th and he promptly started to give it back in the 6th, at which point Joe came out to get him after just 86 pitches. The bullpen gave the team a better chance to hold the lead and get the win they needed, and Joe made the right call to go to the 'pen instead of letting CC stay out there and "battle." Good call, Joe. Good call.