Last night was a regrettable experience. The only thing the Yankees can do is forget about it and move on to tonight’s game. Down 2-1 in this ALDS, the Yankees need a win tonight to extend their season another two days and force a trip back to Boston. To get there, they are giving the ball to the veteran CC Sabathia.
CC has been the man the Yankees could turn to following a loss for the past two years, as fans will remember a stretch of 22 games where Sabathia took the mound after the Yankees dropped the previous game and pitched to a 12-0 record and a 2.81 ERA. That streak broke in September against the Athletics, but the Yankees are hoping he can be the man for at least one time through the order, and get the ball to their rested bullpen.
Opposing the Yankees is Rick Porcello. The former Cy Young pitcher rebounded from a poor 2017 to pitch effectively in 2018. Porcello is 17-7 with a 4.28 ERA overall. Against the Yankees he has been sharp, going 2-0 in four starts with a 2.31 ERA. In his lone start at the stadium this year however, Porcello was rocked for five runs in 5.1 innings. Porcello also has some postseason demons in his career, going 0-3 in eight starts with a 5.33 ERA. Porcello appeared in the eighth inning of Game One back in Boston, recording two outs before surrendering a hit and turning the ball over to closer Craig Kimbrel.
First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m, and the game will be televised nationally on TBS. Subscribers can also stream the game via TBS’ website. Otherwise, you can listen to the game on WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1260, or on ESPN Radio.