With the New York Yankees rolling into west to face the Oakland Athletics tomorrow, C.C. Sabathia should continue his recent success. Sabathia is coming off an impressive complete-game win against the Cleveland Indians in which he allowed seven hits and four runs while striking out nine. The victory was Sabathia’s sixth of the year and second in a row. After a rather slow start, he seems to be coming alive.
The A’s are no pushovers this season. They rank sixth in the league in runs scored and in on-base percentage. In addition, their lineup boasts such dangerous hitters as left fielder Yoenis Cespedes and right fielder Josh Reddick, who clubbed 23 and 32 home runs last year respectively.
However, I think that Sabathia is up to the task of stopping the A’s offense. He’s pitched brilliantly in his last two, especially against the Indians. He played far better in that game than his line suggests, dominating Cleveland batters aside from a two-run homer to catcher Yan Gomes.
Sabathia’s return to form comes just at the right time for the Yankees. Many of their hitters are struggling at the plate, and their only hope of winning is to get some good starts. They’ve had their ups and downs with the pitching staff, and Sabathia in particular. He hasn’t been exactly ace-like so far, and New York has relied on Hiroki Kuroda more than anyone to provide solid starts.
Luckily, Sabathia seems to be heating up. He’s more of a second-half pitcher as it is, so don’t be surprised if he posts another win tomorrow.