Sabathia will be opposing Bartolo Colon, a former Yankee who won his seventh game in his previous start, bringing his record up to 7-2 with an equally impressive ERA of 3.14. C.C. will attempt to outduel Colon as he faces an Oakland lineup that ranks in the top-10 in the majors in both on-base percentage and runs scored.
After 13 mixed starts so far this season, it is hard to predict which C.C. we will see. However, despite less-than-desirable ERA of 3.74 and 93 hits allowed, his last two starts have been excellent, earning him two wins to bring his record over .500. His last start against the Seattle Mariners was a complete game effort that save a tired bullpen.
The A’s are a better team offensively than the Mariners; they have some good righty bats that Sabathia will have to contain, including Yoenis Cespedes, who has 13 homers on the season (but is 0-7 lifetime off Sabathia) and Josh Donaldson, who is showing no signs of slowing down his monster season with 42 RBIs and a .324 average.
This will be the second time the Yanks and A’s face off this season. The first, in early May, resulted in a loss for Sabathia. Though he only gave up two runs through six, he allowed eight hits and the Yankee offense couldn’t capitalize.
Sabathia seems poised to have yet another good outing and hopefully get his third straight win; his stuff over his last two games has looked better than it has in his previous starts.
Oakland does have a tendency to play small ball and get on base however, and Sabathia has been prone to giving up hits this year. But if the ace can be economical with his baserunners and get some offense from his team against Colon, who struggled in his last outing against the Yanks, perhaps his tenacity will get him his seventh win in his home city.