New York Yankees: C.C. Sabathia Must Clinch Series Win
After losing five in a row thanks to a dearth of offense, Yankee bats have come alive at Target Field with 17 runs in the past two games. Now the Yanks need to keep the momentum going before hosting a red-hot Baltimore Orioles team that swept them over the weekend.
Sabathia, has unfortunately struggled of late, allowing 17 earned runs in his last four starts spanning 28 innings. He’s struck out just 17 in the four starts and allowed 30 baserunners. What the team can always count on from their ace is that he will give them length, as the big man has pitched at least six innings in all but two starts in 2013 (his season debut and a rain-shortened game).
The Twins, who have been a great remedy for the Yankee bats so far this series, may also be just what Sabathia needs to get out of a funk that has brought his season ERA up to 4.15. Over the past three seasons, Sabathia is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 32 strikeouts in four starts against the Twins, and is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts at Target Field.
He has dominated the Twins’ big bats, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, holding them to a combined 12-for-78 (.154) with just one home run and six RBIs in their careers against the lefty. All signs point to Sabathia stepping up for another big win to extend the Yankees’ win streak to three.