CC Sabathia on the night club ruckus: “I just flipped out”

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CC Sabathia commented yesterday about his Saturday morning nightclub fracas that was caught on video. He wasn’t in a fight as such, but he had to be restrained by friends from going after a guy heckling him. From the New York Times:

“A bad decision on my part,” said Sabathia, who added that he was lucky he had been forced into the car. “You know, I probably should have just kept quiet and got in the cab . . . I could have easily just brushed it off, got in a cab and had a good night,” Sabathia said. “I just flipped out.”

Fair enough. We all go a little mad sometimes.

Joe Girardi said that pushing Sabathia back a day in the rotation had nothing to do with it. A lot of times I’d be skeptical but not here. Sabathia could’ve been volunteering at a soup kitchen Friday night and been in bed before 10pm and pushing him back a day is still a good call giving how his season has gone. The Yankees have a pennant to chase and having the big man get an extra day of rest whenever possible is a smart move.

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.