CC Sabathia’s velocity is very “now.” While it’s a worthwhile topic, let’s take a look at these sexy charts:

Velocity CC Sabathia

Clearly a decline in fastball velocity, but then there’s this:

LD CC Sabathia

Annnnnd this:

Swing_Strike CC Sabathia NoMaas Yankees

These charts make things seem a lot less desperate for the big lefty. For one, it’s not like Sabathia’s fastball is getting pounded for more line drives. Second, his swinging strike percentage on fastballs, while lower than four years ago is still in line with his career mark.

This velocity issue continues to be worth watching, but Sabathia is clearly a skilled enough pitcher with strong secondary offerings that he can still get outs on a regular basis, especially because his location continues to be strong.