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Saturday, August 31, 2013
CC's burner is cooling

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia’s fastball isn’t what it used to be.

Sabathia’s average four-seam velocity Friday night was 92.25 mph, his lowest in the month of August, according to data from BrooksBaseball.net. In his previous start in Tampa, CC's burner was 94.07 mph.

Here is Sabathia’s four-seam fastball velocity over the last three seasons:
8/30/11: 96.13
8/29/12: 93.01
8/30/13: 92.25

According to FanGraphs.com’s Pitch F/X data, Sabathia’s average fastball velocity has dipped to 91.2 mph this season, down from 92.4 mph in 2012 and 93.9 mph in 2011.

This is certainly one of the reasons Sabathia is 12-11 with a 4.91 ERA and a .271 batting average against with a month left to go.

" Manager Joe Girardi wouldn’t reveal any names that will be called up Sept. 1 when the rosters expand. ... Girardi said that Eduardo Nunez (knee) is available off the bench. “We’ll go through BP today and he could be more than (a reserve) as we go forward,” Girardi said. ... Mark Reynolds, coming off back-to-back three-hit games after eliminating a toe-tap from his swing, gets the start again against a right-hander in Scott Feldman. “We like what we see and we’re going to continue to play him,” Girardi said. ... Alfonso Soriano, who has 12 home runs in 32 games with the Yankees, is slotted as the DH. Girardi wants to get Soriano a DH here and there to keep him fresh because the manager wants to play his slugger everyday.