The Milwaukee Brewers got exactly what they wanted with the acquisition of C.C. Sabathia back in early July. Needing another arm to compliment Ben Sheets, Sabathia was likely more than the team even anticipated by going 11-2 with an ERA of 1.65 in 17 starts.
The last of the 11 wins came this past weekend when the big man tossed 122 pitches on three days rest; his third start in a row on said days off. He fanned seven, walked one, and single-handedly put this team in the postseason.
There had been some recent grumblings (mostly out of Bill Livingston) that hinted towards Cleveland’s Player to be Named Later being contingent upon the Brewers making the playoffs. Those that were worried can now relax a bit, while continuing to root for the hefty lefty. Those that are looking to toss big money C.C.’s way may want to take a gander at the number of innings that he’s tossed over the second half of the season. But as long as he keeps it rolling for the next few weeks, Milwaukee won’t be complaining.
And if you’re wondering about this PTBNL, word on the street is that we should find out after the World Series. I know that Peter Gammons has recently mentioned that Michael Brantley will likely be heading to Cleveland, but nothing of the sort has been confirmed.