First Pitch: CC says 'I can do better'

September, 8, 2012
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CC Sabathia is 13-4 with a 3.42 ERA and he knows it is not good enough.

"I can do a lot better," Sabathia said. "Especially [since] I have had a tough time not holding the leads. That has been the biggest thing that has been bothering me so I look to go out and make pitches and if I do get a lead, not to give it up."

In his last two starts against the Rays and Jays, the Yankees have given Sabathia a lead and he has failed to hold on to either. Sabathia knows his job is to deliver as the ace, but he doesn't put anymore pressure on himself. As a younger man in Cleveland after Bartolo Colon left, Sabathia would try to be Superman instead of just being himself.

"I always felt like if we had a losing streak, I need to go out and throw a shutout and have some amazing game," Sabathia said. "As I have gotten older and made a lot of big starts, I just go out and do the same thing that I always do."

Now, though, he doesn't get into what is going on around him, if the Yankees are struggling or if they are not.

"I wish I could tell you guys I feel some added pressure, but I don't," Sabathia said. "I always feel like that, every start."

UP NOW: My column on the Yankees' blowout of the O's. It was a throwback game.

ON DECK: Sabathia (13-4, 3.42) vs. Joe Saunders. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Do you think CC is still an ace or has he regressed.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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