Monday, July 7, 2008

Sabathia on His Way to Milwakee

Star pitcher C.C. Sabathia is on his way to Milwaukee.  The Brewers threw a package of four prospects at the Cleveland Indians for their ace.  The Brewers gave away some high prospects.  The Indians especially wanted outfielder Matt LaPorta, who has 20 homers in Triple A.  In giving up Sabathia, the Indians are giving up a CY Young Award winning pitcher.  Sabathia was crowned the top pitcher in the American League last year.  Sabathia isn't doing as well this year, he is 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA.  But that may have something to do with his lack of run support from the Indian's struggling offense.  Sabathia was 19-7 last season with a ERA a hair above three.  For his career, Sabathia is 106-71 with a 3.83 ERA over eight years in the bigs.  

Sabathia is just the kind of player the Brewers need to put them over the top.  He will join ace Ben Sheets, a 2008 all-star selection, at the top of the rotation.  Sheets has pitched tremendously this season, going 10-2 with a 2.77 ERA.  He has been the only bright spot in the rotation for the Brewers this season.  Three of their starters are currently on the disabled list: Chris Capuano, rookie Yovani Gallardo, and Jeff Suppan.  Sabathia will hopefully bring some stability to the rotation.  

The Brewers are 49-39 so far this season.  They are 3.5 games behind the first-place Cubs in the National League Central.  If the season ended today the Brewers would make the playoffs as a wild card.  They have a potent lineup with hitters such as Ryan Braun, J.J. Hardy, Prince Fielder, and Corey Hart.  They will definitely make the playoffs and, with the addition of Sabathia, should be a major contender come playoff time.  

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