The Yankees are coming off of a disappointing loss last night at the stadium against their arch-nemesis, the Boston Red Sox. Tonight, they look to get back on track as CC Sabathia takes the mound against Josh Beckett. Perhaps the offense would like to show up and start hitting from the first inning until the very last tonight?
Josh Beckett has regained form this season and already nearly matched his WAR output from all of last year (1.4 last year, 1.2 thus far through 2011). His only "bad" start would have to be his first of the season. Ever since, Beckett has been pitching very well. Batters only have a .211 BABIP against him. 40 baserunners through 45.1 innings is fantastic, totaling a WHIP of 0.88. In his last start against New York on April 10, he went 8.0 innings of two-hit ball with 10 strikeouts and one walk. Pure domination. Tonight, they need to get to him early.
CC Sabathia has struggled a bit in his last two starts against Detroit and Texas, combining for 13 innings and allowing nine runs. He's allowed 22 baserunners in those 13 innings. He's got to be the stopper for the Yankees, especially now that Andy Pettitte has retired.
Red Sox lead the series 1-0
WP: Clay Buchholz (4 - 3)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon
LP: Bartolo Colon (2 - 2)
|4 - 5 loss|
|Sun 05/15||8:05 PM EDT|
Should be a great pitchers duel tonight in the Bronx. Come back at 6:30 for the game thread.