Posts Tagged ‘C.C. Sabathia’

ALDS Ace Showdown, Take Two

October 3, 2011

With game one of the ALDS suspended due to heavy rain on Friday evening, the much anticipated showdown between pitching aces Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia will instead commence tonight at Comerica Park. The series is tied up at one game a piece so this evening’s assumed pitching duel will go along way in determining who move onto the ALCS. This match up taking place 650 miles west in Detroit as opposed to the Bronx appears to give a distinct advantage to Justin Verlander. Five of Sabathia’s eight losses this season have come on the road. Verlander has only lost one game in Detroit since May. Also, Sabathia’s 2.90 Strikeout to Walk ratio on the road is almost half his 5.22 Strikeout to Walk ratio at home. Meanwhile, Verlander’s 4.60 Strikeout to Walk ratio in Detroit is only slightly better than his 4.16 road Strikeout to Walk ratio. Compare Sabathia’s and Verlander’s win loss records and Strikeout to Walk ratios at home and on the road.

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It is highly unlikely that both squads would send their aces to the hill on such short rest in a potential game five, so this pitching showdown shall be decisive for both the Yankees’ and Tiger’s Championship hopes.

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Keys to the Game: Tigers Vs. Yankees, ALDS Game 1, September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

The Yankees finished the regular season with the best record in the AL, but are in for a tough ALDS against the AL Central Champion, Detroit Tigers. Both clubs hit a bit of a skid to end the season with Detroit dropping their last five games and the Yankees losing four in a row. The post-season will start the same way as the regular season, as Justin Verlander will square off against C.C. Sabathia. Perennial Cy Young favorite and AL pitching Triple Crown winner, Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA), won 12 starts in a row before recording a no-decision in his last outing of the season. However, Verlander twice failed to defeat the Yankees in his two starts against the Bombers this season, while recording a 4.50 ERA. Similarly Yankees’ ace, C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA) failed to record a win against Detroit this season and had a 4.15 ERA in two starts. Compare how Verlander and Sabathia have pitched this season based on their Earned Runs allowed per week.

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The Tigers have a fantastic duo at the plate with AL Batting Champion Miguel Cabrera, who batted .344 with 105 RBIs, and Victor Martinez, who knocked in 102 Runs and batted .330. The Yankees scored an incredible 867 Runs this season and lead the league with 222 Home Runs. The Yankees’ Curtis Granderson lead the Majors with 41 Home Runs and lead the AL with 119 RBIs. The Yankees also had two other 100 RBIs hitters as Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira knocked in 118 and 111 RBIs respectively. Compare tonight’s starting lineup for Detroit and New York.

DET: RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)


NYY: RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

The Tigers won the regular 4-3 and have arguably the best pitcher in the game. The Yankees do have the best closer of all time in Mariano Rivera, so New York will have a edge in the final frame if the game is close.

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AL Starting Rotations

September 29, 2011

The Postseason is upon us and in a season when offensive production was down through out the league the age old adage “Pitching wins Championships” should ring even true in 2011. All four American League Playoff teams boast formidable projected four man rotations. The Detroit Tigers have the best one two punch with presumable AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA) and Doug Fister who is 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA since joining the Tigers at the trade-deadline. Check out Detroit’s projected playoff starting rotation.

DET: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The Defending AL Champion, Texas Rangers, have a fantastic starting trio of C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94 ERA), Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95 ERA) and Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA). Check out the numbers for the projected Rangers starting pitchers.

TEX: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The “miracle” Rays have two pitchers, James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson, with sub 3.00 ERAs. Check out how Tampa Bay’s potential postseason starting staff have performed this season.

TB: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The New York Yankees finished with the best record in the American League but besides staff Ace, C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA), the Bronx Bombers have some serious issues with their potential post-season starters. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 ERA) has had a great rookie campaign but can the Yanks trust such an inexperienced arm in big pressure games? With Phil Hughes out with a back injured, can the pinstripes really in good faith give the ball to A.J. Burentt (11-11, 5.15 ERA). Check out how the four potential New York starters have performed in 2011.

NYY: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

With such great pitchers except some excellent pitchers duels this postseason in the American League.

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Game Preview: Yankees Versus Angels

September 10, 2011

Tonight continues the three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees. The Angels are trying to catch up to the Rangers in the Al West, while the Yankees are trying to maintain their two and a half game lead in the AL East. The Yankees, who have lost three games straight, will have CC Sabathia on the mound trying to stop the surging Angels. Tonight, Sabathia will try to become the first Yankee pitcher to win 20 games in two straight seasons. This may prove difficult against the Angels who have won five of their last six. To get a better perspective on the matchup, take a look at how the Yankees have played this season in Anaheim.

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The Yanks are Well-Stocked at Catcher

September 6, 2011

Catcher is not currently a position of worry for the Yanks, with Russell Martin being an All-Star this year and Francisco Cervelli a more than capable back-up who plays great defense and gets clutch hits.  Martin has handled a difficult position with class and dignity, as he was signed to replace fan favorite and member of the Yanks ‘Core Four’ Jorge Posada.  He is a main reason why the Yankees are sitting in first with the best record in the American League despite a questionable starting rotation after C.C. Sabathia. Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Rune (Blue), RBI (Orange), Errors (Green)

Yet in New York, the future is always now.  Here are three up and coming Yankee catchers who all have a chance to be legitimate stars in the near future.  One of them is contributing in a big way already.

Perhaps the Yankees should be grateful that Seattle did not trade Cliff Lee to them last year after all.  The centerpiece of that aborted trade was Jesus Montero, the top position player prospect in the Yankees organization.  Montero was called up Sept. 1 as part of the expansion of MLB rosters to 40 players.  He is batting .385 with two Home Runs, and has become the Yankees DH against LHP.  The question to ask moving forward is if he will be on the post-season roster at the ripe old age of 21.

Austine Romine and Gary Sanchez are two other promising young catchers in the Yankees system.  Romine is 22 and was just promoted to AAA Scranton after completing the season at AA Trenton.  Expect him to be a Major Leaguer for some team in the future.  Sanchez is only 18 but was one of the most highly coveted players in the Dominican Republic when he signed with the Yankees.  He is a longer term prospect, but some scouts feel he has the most talent of this entire group.

So, do any of these kids have what it takes to replace All-Star Russell Martin or back-up Cervelli?  Time will tell…

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AL Cy Young Race

August 31, 2011

Last night CC Sabathia finally got the Red Sox monkey off his back. With a dominant two Earned Runs and 10 Strikeout 6.0 inning performance, Sabathia (18-7, 2.99 ERA) has reasserted himself into the AL Cy Young Conversation. However, Sabathia will be fighting an uphill battle against the perennial Cy Young front runners Justin Verlander (20-5, 2.38 ERA) of Detroit and Jered Weaver (15-7, 2.28 ERA) of the Los Angeles Angels. Compare the three Aces’ numbers:

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

With one month left in the season Justin Verlander appears to be pulling away from the pact.  Verlander is leading the Majors in wins (20), Strikeouts (218) and WHIP (0.90) and tied, with Sabathia, for the AL lead in pitching WAR with 6.2.  Can Sabathia or Weaver catch Verlander down the stretch?

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Keys the Game: Yankees vs. Red Sox, August 30 2011

August 30, 2011

So Baseball Armageddon, version 5 of 6 for 2011, is upon us.  The walking wounded, New York Yankees, stroll into Fenway Park for a three game set with the Sawx.

1. Which Sabathia will show up tonight? The Yankees will pitch their ace, C.C. Sabathia against the Red Sox.  He is 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against Boston and 17-3 with a 2.40 ERA versus the rest of the league.  See his stats vs the Red Sox in 2011 here:

Wins (White), Losses (Orange), Runs Allowed (Green)

2. Will A-Gone continue to torment the Yankees tonight as he has so far this season?  The reigning American League player of the week is a vital part of the Red Sox’s offense.  See his numbers in 2011 against the Yankees in 12 games so far here:

Hits (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange), RBI (Green)

3. Who will be tonight’s X factor?  These intense games usually come down to a dramatic finish in the ninth with a suicide squeeze or a walk-off Home Run. Which team’s unsung hero will propel their side to victory?

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Three Man Race for AL Cy Young

August 1, 2011

With two months left in the regular season three pitchers have emerged as contenders for the American League Cy Young.  Detroit’s Justin Verlander the League leader in strikeouts (178) and wins (15), New York’s CC Sabathia, the League leader in wins (15) and Los Angeles’ Jared Weaver, the League leader in ERA (1.88) are neck to neck to neck in the race for the League’s top pitching honor. See how the pitchers compare

Strikeouts (Blue), Walks (Orange) & Earned Runs (Green)

Check out their WHIP: Verlander Sabathia Weaver

Verlander and Weaver squared off yesterday with the Tigers getting the 3-2 victory as Verlander was four outs away from recording his second no-hitter of the season.  Sabathia will seek his 16th win when he takes the mound in the South Side of Chicago tonight.  Come October which hurler will collect the hardware?  More importantly though, which ace will still be pitching?

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