CC Sabathia was hitting the road for his second Spring Training start of 2015 this afternoon, and he was bringing his starting infield with him to Port St. Lucie to take on Matt Harvey and the Mets. Harvey's on a comeback trail of his own this spring, one that's come with more positive fireworks thus far than Sabathia's in terms of on-field results, but CC wasn't buying into any local media-created storyline there. He knows what really matters right now and that's what he was keeping his focus on.
In terms of how successfully he achieved the goals he had for himself today, I'd say it was a mixed bag. Sabathia once again showcased impressive velocity for this time of year, but his fastball command was a tick off and the Mets hitters made him pay for it on more than one occasion. Their power display against the big guy was more than enough for them to cruise to victory behind Harvey and a missing Yankee offense.
- CC's full line: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K. He was comfortably sitting in the low 90s with his heater all day, but he left it in the meaty part of the plate a couple times. After the game he said he felt really good, which is very encouraging to hear. I can't remember CC being this adamant about how good his body felt for the last few years. As for the poor fastball command, I can't get too worked up over it yet and nobody should. He's shaking off rust and probably getting used to working with more weight on him again. He'll find it.
- One of the 3 homers against CC was an inside-the-parker off the bat of Juan Lagares. It turned into a home run after Jose Pirela crashed hard into the center field wall trying to catch it, a play that forced him from the game with what has been diagnosed as a concussion. I believe Pirela is still undergoing tests, so the full scope of his injuries isn't known yet. But this was a big blow to his already slim roster-making chances and could be a longer-term health concern. I think this is his second concussion in as many years. Hopefully he's OK and makes a full recovery soon.
- In fairness to Harvey, he looked like a million bucks today. 5.2 scoreless innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 4 Ks. Good for him.
- Scott Baker had a nice day of long relief as he continues to stay on the fringe of the rotation discussion. He worked 4.1 scoreless with only 1 hit allowed and 2 Ks after Sabathia and Chris Martin were done.
- Almost forgot. I take back what I said before about the 3 singles being it for the offense. There was this sweet Teixeira stolen base too. Greased freakin' lightning.