clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros: CC Sabathia vs. Charlie Morton

New, 786 comments

The comeback begins now.

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

If the Yankees want to win the pennant and advance to the World Series, that has to begin tonight. After two crushing 2-1 defeats at Minute Maid Park, the Bombers will turn to their ALDS Game Five hero CC Sabathia at Yankee Stadium to turn the tide.

Although Sabathia has no significant home/road split this season, you can imagine the Stadium helping him tonight; with eight right-handed batters in the lineup, playing to the larger part of the ballpark could keep balls within its confines. He also has no significant handedness splits, so that helps as well. He has been killer as of late, and you don't need more evidence than the fact Joe Girardi is turning to him in their second must-win game in a week.

Charlie Morton is a bit fickle, and the Yankees absolutely need to take advantage of that. He has an 86 ERA- in 146.2 innings, so he is no slouch, but his career 114 ERA-, relatively high HR/FB ratio, and severe right-handed disadvantage could be to the Yankees' benefit as they trot out six right-handers of their own.

In reality, this is where the game lies. If the Yankees want to win the pennant, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez need to hit. They could squeak by with a couple and lock down with the bullpen, but the Astros have a rested bullpen as well. This is it--if the Yankees want to make another comeback possible, the bats need to arise.

Today's Lineups

HOUSTON ASTROS NEW YORK YANKEES
George Springer - CF Brett Gardner - LF
Alex Bregman - 3B Aaron Judge - RF
Jose Altuve - 2B Didi Gregorius - SS
Carlos Correa - SS Gary Sanchez - C
Yulieski Gurriel - DH Greg Bird - 1B
Evan Gattis - C Starlin Castro - 2B
Marwin Gonzalez - 1B Aaron Hicks - CF
Josh Reddick - RF Todd Frazier - 3B
Cameron Maybin - LF Chase Headley - DH
Charlie Morton - RHP CC Sabathia - LHP