Who called that the Philadelphia Phillies were going to maul the Yankees last night? A 3 run win isn’t exactly a mauling, but scoring 11 runs on the Yanks is impressive in itself, and they certainly mauled Pineda and the rest of the Yankees’ pitching staff. It is a good win for the Phillies, but at the end of the day it isn’t going to mean much to them with regards to making the postseason is concerned. However, with how poorly they have been playing it has to feel good to be able to beat the Yankees on the road. There has been speculation that the Yankees are going to make a move for a pitcher before the trade deadline, and looking at their rotation from top to bottom, it wouldn’t be a bad play on their part. I have zero faith in Pineda or Sabathia keeping this team together. I do think Pineda still has some talent, but I think injuries have kept him from his full potential. He looked like an up and comer with the Mariners and the Yankees thought so too as they made the decision to acquire him. I think they assumed they were going to be getting an ace with Pineda, but injuries have hampered his progress.
Tonight C.C. Sabathia takes the mound, which further outlines the Yankees’ problems. When Sabathia was at his pinnacle, he was one of the best pitchers in baseball. But it didn’t take long for him to fall from the top to trending to the bottom. Sabathia isn’t at the bottom, but average pitching from him isn’t what he became famous for. 1-2-3 innings and strikeouts is what I grew up with watching Sabathia. He’ll still have his days where he is on point, but the kind of consistency we knew from him is long gone. Speaking of which, Joe Blanton beating Felix Hernandez? Blanton went ten years without doing anything and then he beats King Felix on the road. Can’t really make that up. Let’s move on and take a look at the Rangers and Yankees today at Yankee Stadium.
Philadelphia Phillies vs N.Y. Yankees
Sean O’Sullivan (1-5, 4.79 ERA) vs. C.C. Sabathia (3-7, 5.31 ERA)
If you’ve followed Sabathia throughout his career, you would know that a 5.31 ERA next to his name just doesn’t look right. He’s a pitcher, like Verlander of the Tigers, that has depended on his velocity for so long, but when that velocity starts to dissipate the results are what we are witnessing this season. Sabathia started to lose his touch last season, as I remember he got rocked against the Astros near the start of the season. That was a precursor for the rest of the year, as CC finished with a 5.28 ERA, so pretty much what he is displaying this season. Yankee Stadium can be unkind to pitchers if they cannot keep the ball down, that has happened to Sabathia this season, where his ERA has hit 7.44 with a 1.44 WHIP and .342 OBP in 25 innings pitched.
You may not have heard the name Sean O’Sullivan, but he has been around and bounced between a few teams in his seven year career. Last season all he lasted is two games, finishing with a 6.39 ERA in those two starts. Sabathia has had his problems at home, but O’Sullivan has been garbage on the road himself, which has equated to a 6.75 ERA and 1.63 WHIP. It is looking like this is going to be a high scoring affair with both pitchers getting pushed around. The Yankees have averaged 8.4 runs per game over their last five games. The Phillies have averaged 5.4. Looks like a play on the OVER 8.5 could be made here.
PICK: OVER 8.5 RUNS (-115)