“The interesting thing is he got hurt on Friday and I thought that might’ve been the most consistent his fastball has been the whole year,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I think he ended on a good note and you’ll see a different CC next year. ... I still look at him as an ace.”
The big left-hander conceded that at 33 years old — and having logged over 2,700 innings — he’s not going to be the same power pitcher he once was. It took getting over his stubbornness to acknowledge that.
With help from pitching coach Larry Rothschild, he began reinventing himself — and he’s happy with the results.
“There were a couple of things in my delivery we were working on,” Sabathia said. “In the past week or two or three weeks we started in the bullpen and looking at video and started getting on the right track. It’s very encouraging going forward knowing what I need to do to be right.”