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Can CC Sabathia Still Be Old Reliable?

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For years, CC Sabathia has been the definition of a reliable ace.  Since his debut in 2001, the left-hander hasn’t pitched below 180 innings in a season.  And during the past seven seasons, he never ended with an ERA and WHIP above 3.38 and 1.23, respectively.  These numbers are usually accompanied by a strong strikeout rate, a low walk rate, and a boatload of wins.  So with this in mind, the Yankees hoped for another Sabathia-like year in 2013.  And despite some cracks showing in the armor (2012 DL stint, offseason elbow surgery to remove bone spur), fantasy owners expected about the same.  But things change, and people age.  The soon to be 33-year-old pitcher hasn’t been delivering like an ace this season.  So, is Old Reliable just getting old, or is CC’s subpar first-half presenting an opportunity to buy low?

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