Starting pitchers are perhaps the biggest factor in whether a team succeeds in the postseason. For…
Scouting Playoff Pitchers: CC Sabathia
Fastball: 93-96 MPH
Changeup: 86-89 MPH
Slider: 80-84 MPH
Curveball: 78-80 MPH
The Skinny: Sabathia relies heavily on his changeup. He has a plus-plus fastball and his velocity has been outstanding down the stretch, but look for his changeup command early in games. It's a good indicator of how he'll perform throughout the night.
If he's forced to his use slider more often, it's a much trickier pitch for him to locate with consistency. When he's right, he's threading the needle on the outside corner against righties with his plus changeup.
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