Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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CC Sabathia: Man or Machine?

The Phillies won Game 1. Can they win Game 2? CC Sabathia pitches for the Brewers, but Jimmy Rollins reminds us that Sabathia is just a man.

CC Sabathia: Man or Machine?

"Whenever they need me, I'll be ready," says Milwaukee's ace, CC Sabathia, who is 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA in a half-season.
"Whenever they need me, I'll be ready," says Milwaukee's ace, CC Sabathia, who is 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA in a half-season. MORRY GASH / Associated Press

CC Sabathia pitches for the Milwaukee Brewers tomorrow night against Brett Myers in Game 2 of the NLDS. Sabathia is pitching on short rest for the fourth consecutive start. I'd have to check, but I don't think he's ever been scored upon in his eight-year career.

Jimmy Rollins said his friend from the Bay Area is human, just like the rest of us. I'm not so sure.

"Not that C is going to be an easy task," Rollins said. "But he isn't unbeatable by any means. He's a human being. There are going to be days when he feels good, days when he feels great, some days that he's just a little off. We've seen that with Cole (Hamels), as great as he's been. Hopefully, tomorrow is one of those days. And if it's not, hopefully we're just better."

Here are the Phillies' career batting averages against Sabathia:

Jimmy Rollins .429 (3 for 7) with one double and one triple.
Pat Burrell .200 (1 for 5) with one walk and one strikeout.
So Taguchi .000 (0 for 4)
Pedro Feliz .000 (0 for 3) with two strikeouts.
Ryan Howard .333 (1 for 3) with one double, one RBI and two strikeouts.
Geoff Jenkins .000 (0 for 3) with two strikeouts.
Chase Utley .000 (0 for 3) with one strikeout.
Shane Victorino .000 (0 for 3)
Jayson Werth .000 (0 for 2) with one strikeout.
Matt Stairs .000 (0 for 1) with one RBI, one walk, one strikeout and one sacrifice fly.

Here are the Brewers' career batting averages against Myers:

Mike Cameron .231 (3 for 13) with two home runs, three RBIs, two walks and three strikeouts.
J.J. Hardy .000 (0 for 10)
Craig Counsell .111 (1 for 9) with two walks and two strikeouts.
Ray Durham .250 (2 for 8) with one home run, one RBI, one walk and one strikeout.
Mike Lamb .125 (1 for 8) with one double and two strikeouts.
Jason Kendall .167 (1 for 6) with one walk and one strikeout.
Prince Fielder .200 (1 for 5) with one home run, one RBI and two strikeouts.
Corey Hart .200 (1 for 5) with one strikeout.
Bill Hall .250 (1 for 4) with one double, one RBI and one strikeout.
Ryan Braun .000 (0 for 3).
Rickie Weeks .000 (0 for 3) with one strikeout.

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