Things have been pretty rough this season for the New York Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia and this year he has been everything but an ace.
A 9-10 record with a 4.78 ERA is unacceptable, and is not top of the rotation type of stats whatsoever. Last year, C.C. had a 15-6 record with a 3.38 ERA, and the year before that he finished with a 19-8 record and a 3.00 ERA. Now those are what we should expect to see from C.C., but that’s not what we have been seeing. If the Yankees have any intentions on reaching the postseason yet again, they will definitely need the good side of C.C. Sabathia.
As of today, the Bronx Bombers currently stand four games behind their division rival the Baltimore Orioles in the Wild Card chase. Considering all of the injuries that have taken place, it isn’t a bad situation to be in.
Last night was a pivotal game for the Yankees, as division foes Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays both lost. It was an opportunity to make the division deficit a game smaller, but they didn’t come through. New York was playing the San Diego Padres, a team that is very beatable on the night to night basis, but they blew the opportunity, and they can’t afford to lose two in a row tonight.
In pursuit of a win, the Yankees will send Ivan Nova to the mound, who has been pitching very well in his last few starts, and he will go up against Tyson Ross of the San Diego Padres. When the MLB season gets into the last two months in August and September, every game becomes really crucial to your playoff chances. Just one game can keep you out of the playoffs, so every night is important.
I believe the New York Yankees will indeed bounce back from the loss last night, and will even up the series at one game a piece. Being in fourth place in the AL East isn’t a familiar position the Yankees are used to being in at this point in the season, but how do you get out of fourth place and get back into the playoff chase?
By starting to win games, not just one game, but multiple in a row, and the Yankees hope to start tonight against the Padres.
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