New York Yankees' Need C.C. Sabathia to End Tumultuous First Half

By B.L. Lippert
C.C. Sabathia
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The New York Yankees will send staff ace C.C. Sabathia to the mound this afternoon against the Minnesota Twins as they close out a roller-coaster first half of the season.

Considering the incredible rash of injuries, the Yankees have to be pleased with where they sit as the All-Star break interrupts regular season action. Even though the Yankees are in fourth place in the AL East, they are only six games out of first and 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot.

It’s not a familiar position for a team that’s dominated the AL East for almost two decades, but they’ve played the first half with virtually no contributions from a laundry list of stars.

Derek Jeter has had four at-bats, Alex Rodriguez hasn’t played yet (and might not), Curtis Granderson has had two long stints on the disabled list, and Mark Teixeira came back from the DL briefly before needing season-ending surgery. They have the second worst batting average for any team in the American League and if not for great starting pitching, they would be out of playoff contention in early July.

A win today against the Twins would put the Yankees nine games above .500 and give them the series win. The Yankees have the right guy on the mound as Sabathia is 11-0 with a 2.01 ERA in his last 12 starts against the Twins. He’s had an average year for his standards, but could pick up his 10th win of the year this afternoon.

B.L. is a sports writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip.

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