We just saw this guy 96 hours ago dominating the Angels' lineup. The coaching staff is asking him to do it again, this time on short rest. In game one, Sabathia was coming off eight days of rest. Some of that will hopefully carry over tonight.
CC is relatively familiar with pitching on short rest: he did it four consecutive times last year with Milwaukee. In the first three (during the Brewers wildcard run), he was phenomenal, allowing two earned runs in 21.1 innings (.83 ERA). However, the proverbial wheels fell off in his fourth start, which happened to be game one of the NLDS (3.2 ip, 5 er).
I'm expecting much better this time, for this will be his first start on short rest this season.
Opposing him is our old nemesis, Scott Kazmir. The former D-Ray excelled after getting traded to the Angels mid-season, posting a 1.73 ERA in 36.1 innings (with 26 K, 10 BB and a 1.05 WHIP).
10/20/09 7:57 PM EDT
|New York Yankees||Los Angeles Angels|
|Derek Jeter - SS||Chone Figgins - 3B|
|Johnny Damon - LF||Bobby Abreu - RF|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Torii Hunter - CF|
|Alex Rodriguez - 3B||Vladimir Guerrero - DH|
|Jorge Posada - C||Juan Rivera - LF|
|Hideki Matsui - DH||Howie Kendrick - 2B|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Kendry Morales - 1B|
|Nick Swisher - RF||Mike Napoli - C|
|Melky Cabrera - CF||Erick Aybar - SS|
The saw Kazmir in an Angel uniform not a month ago, tacking him for three runs in six innings. An encouraging thought is Kazmir's last start, when he faced Boston in game three of the ALDS: 6 ip, 5 er, 1 K. Let's hope he's just as ineffective tonight.
Only three Yankees have hit Kazmir well: Tex (1.667 OPS Against), Posada (1.144) and Melky (.900). Perhaps this is the game Teixeira breaks out of his postseason-long slump. We could really use it, as every other Yankee starter is below .550 OPSA vs. the lefty.
Anaheim has seen Sabathia thrice this season, and hit him hard the first two times (we all know how he did in his third). Overall, he allowed 10 ER in 21.1 innings (4.22 ERA).