Should we be concerned about Sabathia?

Updated: April 2, 2013, 2:40 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Only 13 starting pitchers are going earlier in ESPN average live drafts than New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, and it's certainly possible that after Monday's somewhat erratic performance, that figure will, like his waistline (and many others') around Thanksgiving, only grow. Perhaps Sabathia's name will even be floated in trade talks around your leagues as well. However, even after Sabathia permitted eight hits, four walks and four runs in the 8-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox, it's time to remind people that we've been here before with Carsten Charles Sabathia, and it usually has worked out OK.

For example, who can forget when Sabathia was coming off his 19-7 Cy Young award-winning 2007 season for the Cleveland Indians, and he couldn't get anyone out in April 2008. Fantasy owners couldn't run fast enough, citing fatigue, weight and his lofty expectations, despite our pleas for patience. Sabathia's April ERA finished at 7.88, his WHIP 1.78. From that point on, Sabathia dominated, boasting a 1.95 ERA, most of it for the playoff-bound Milwaukee Brewers. If you want more recent results, check out last season, when Sabathia's April ERA was 4.58. From May 1 on, his ERA was a mere 3.11, hardly a harbinger of pending doom.