"Man, I wish I could pitch like Jorge."
The natural order of the universe was reversed recently. C.C. Sabathia was booed at the Prog, and Jorge Julio was cheered. No word on whether Frank Jackson shaved, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
Sabathia, pitching against the A's on Friday, threw less like a guy with a Cy Young on his mantle and more like a guy with the name of a pizza shop on the back of his jersey, allowing nine runs against the A’s before getting yanked in the fourth inning. He threw flat, lifeless pitches in giving up 12 hits and two walks. After the game, as reporters prodded him to explain his struggles, Sabathia hit the target for the first time all night: “I just suck right now.” ...
With an outing like that, you really can’t blame fans for booing, or letting C.C. know how much he sucked. Especially with his new contract looming; in a regular workplace, this would be like demanding a raise and then peeing your pants in every conference meeting. If Sabathia can get it together next start, and the next 30 or so after that, nobody will even remember these terrible early-season outings. In fact, somebody should tell him that. Maybe it will encourage him.
Our favorite marginal Indian, Julio, followed Sabathia in the fourth to the relief of the crowd, the first time a crowd has been relieved to see Julio since his days on the Venezuelan circuit. He pitched very well, actually, letting a couple of runners inherited from Sabathia score, but hey—Jorge ain’t here to clean up other people’s shit. That’s a ball in his hand, not a feather duster.
He didn’t give up any of his own runs in 1 2/3 innings, and so far this year, Julio’s been money in the low-stakes mop-up role, sporting a snazzy 2.57 ERA. Asked whether he cared about which inning he’s put in, the former closer said, “No, I’m fine anywhere. I’m paid here to pitch.”
As to hearing cheers instead of boos, Julio said, “I wanna make everybody happy.”
That’s an attitude Clevelanders can work with. – Gus Garcia-Roberts