CC Sabathia and His Elephantine Command: The big man scared us a few times this season, especially around the time he came off the disabled list, but he was in vintage form tonight. The strikeouts speak for themselves, but it was the near-perfect command that really impressed. Since 2006, Sabathia has walked about two batters per nine innings, but tonight he halved that number and consistently hit his spots. Home plate umpire Tony Randazzo helped a bit, giving him a little extra off the plate, but Sabathia didn't take advantage of that so much as continually hit spots at the edge of the strike zone.
Coffee Joe Watch: I suppose pulling Sabathia with two outs and a 7-2 lead in the ninth qualifies, but we know Derek Jeter bunts on his own; we can't blame him for that.
Come Back Tomorrow: When one of the greatest postseason pitchers of all time takes one more turn in the spotlight. His opponent, Wei-Yin Chen, was 0-4 with 5.05 ERA in September, allowing eight home runs in 35.2 innings. Simply put, he looked gassed. He's a major league rookie, a postseason virgin, and he's tired. Even though left-handed pitchers work against the Yankees' best hitters, if Andy Pettitte is who he traditionally has been, if Chen is what he was in September, this one could be over quickly.