CC Sabathia made the final start of his career at Yankee Stadium last night. It was an emotional game for Sabathia, who was removed from the game after getting into a bases loaded jam in the 3rd inning. Sabathia was tagged for 5 hits and 2 earned runs in what could have been a more memorable outing. The Yankees dropped the game by a score of 3-2.
Offensively, the Yankees couldn’t get much going against Dillon Peters. More important business is ahead in the postseason for Sabathia, though, and the Yankees are going to need him in spots. The Yankees’ postseason rotation is going to be a little unorthodox, apparently.
According to Aaron Boone, James Paxton may be the only traditional starter in the postseason. The Yankees haven’t utilized the bulk reliever method much, or at all this season, but Boone is ready to mix it up in the playoffs. That might be for the best, because he knows and we all know that their current rotation doesn’t have the chops to compete with a team like the Astros’ rotation.
Luis Severino back and healthy helps the Yanks out immensely. Without him, they’d be in deep trouble going into October. His arm is going to be fresh, so that’s a positive having him on the IL all season. Severino was throwing heat in an 8-0 win Tuesday.
Tanaka is scheduled to get the starting nod tonight after getting pushed forward a day. This was originally supposed to be J.A. Happ’s game. The Angels are expected to counter with Andrew Heaney, who has been struggling in September. Head below for our free Angels vs. Yankees pick.
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Somebody apparently didn’t tell Andrew Heaney that the regular season doesn’t end after August. Following a strong month, where Heaney posted a 1.82 ERA, it’s turned into a disaster in September for him. In three outings this month, he’s gotten rattled for an 8.79 ERA and .403 OBA. Heaney was smacked for 23 hits and 14 earned runs in 14.1 innings. That’s not good news for a guy who was pitching so well leading up to September.
Whenever a pitcher takes a dive so quickly and in consecutive outings at this point in the season, you begin to think about fatigue or a possible injury. At this point, though, if Heaney were injured, they wouldn’t force him through these meaningless outings.
No way they’d risk a major injury, especially for a rotation who have had major issues in the last decade staying healthy. In any event, it’s not a good sign going into Yankee Stadium to face a Yankees team coming off a loss last night. I’d be surprised if the Yankees struggle to put up runs again in this meeting.
Tanaka has been shaky recently as well, with a 6.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in his previous three outings. Having said that, two of those starts were on the road and four of his last five have been away nods. Tanaka has been getting hit hard on the road all season. However, his performances at Yankee Stadium have been much better.
Tanaka carries a 3.24 ERA and 1.13 WHIP at Yankee Stadium. Look for Tanaka to get into postseason form with a nice outing in this matchup. I see the Angels getting too content with their win last night and taking Thursday off mentally. Look for a win for the Bronx Bombers by 2 or more runs on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.