CC Sabathia will take the ball in Toronto tonight, searching for his 20th win of the season. In his last 30 days, Sabathia has been fantastic, giving the Yanks a 2.94 ERA, a 10.96 K/9, and 5 quality starts. However, he has struggled at times with his command, evidenced by a 1.49 WHIP over those thast 30 days. Let's hope he can locate and be efficient on the hill tonight.
For the Blue Jays, Dustin McGowan and his patched up shoulder will take the ball instead of Brett Cecil, who was scratched this afternoon. After not pitching in 2009 or 2010, McGowan has made two late season appearances for the Jays, allowing seven runs in seven innings of work. In those seven innings, he has allowed 16 baserunners.
On paper, this is a game the Yankees should win. Their ace is on the mound and a man who has hardly pitched since 2008 is opposing him. Hopefully the bats will show up tonight.
Lineups and Notes after the jump
Jeter 6, Granderson 8, Teixeira 3, Cano 4, Swisher 9, Chavez 5, Posada DH, Martin 2, Gardner 7
- In his last five years against the Blue Jays, CC is 5-1 with a 2.58 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP, and has 43 strikeouts.
- In McGowan's last five years against the Yankees, he is 2-2 with a 5.88 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP, and has 35 strikeouts.
- Alex Rodriguez is not back in the lineup, despite being projected to be back tonight.
- Derek Jeter has a 13 game hitting streak, the 43rd time he has compiled a hitting streak of ten or more games.