CC spots mechanical flaw
Via George King of the NY Post:
Dave Eiland and CC Sabathia believe the pitching coach has spotted the reason Sabathia was ineffective Sunday night against the Mets at Citi Field.
After watching video of the start in which Eiland was away from the team for his daughter’s confirmation in Florida, Eiland spotted a mechanical flaw.
“He wasn’t getting out over his front side,” Eiland said. “And he was leaving his breaking ball up in the zone, not down to right-handed hitters or away from left-handers.”
Sabathia gave up six runs (five earned) and 10 hits (two homers to Jason Bay) in five innings in the Yankees’ 6-4 loss.
“He said I wasn’t finishing pitches, not getting out over my front knee,” Sabathia said. “It’s something I have done before, and it should be easy to correct in the bullpen.”
According to the pitching coach, Sabathia deleted the flaw in a bullpen session yesterday afternoon at Target Field.
“It went very well,” Eiland said. “He threw 46 pitches and 40 of them hit the spots.”
Eiland also went on to say that CC needed to throw his pitches with more conviction.
Anyway, no surprise here. A few days ago, I suggested that CC Sabathia’s May struggles, particularly his propensity for leaving his pitches up in the zone, were likely brought on by a mechanical flaw. It has happened before – I think it happened last year, or at least there was another flaw that he was forced to correct – and CC has resolved the issue, going on to provide much better results. I look forward to his next start, as it will likely be a much better effort.
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