NEW YORK -- As well as CC Sabathia and Francisco Cervelli have teamed up early in the season, manager Joe Girardi isn't ready to pair the two together on a consistent basis.
Cervelli has caught Sabathia's past two starts, in which the southpaw looked dominant. Sabathia was four outs away from a no-hitter against Tampa Bay last Saturday, and he threw just 15 balls in 73 pitches in shutting down Texas on Friday night.
Over the past two seasons, Sabathia is 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA in 12 starts with Cervelli behind the plate. Even more impressive, though, is opponents' .179 batting average in those games.
"It's a pleasure being behind the plate when he's pitching," Cervelli said after Friday's win. "He did everything. I put the glove out, and that's it."
Sabathia has been impressed by his battery mate's desire to continually improve.
"He wants to learn," Sabathia said. "He's always asking questions. He wants to go over the first couple of hitters of the inning every inning. I think that helps out a lot. He watches a lot of video, and he's pretty sure of himself when he calls a pitch, so that helps."