First Pitch: CC tries to stave off elimination
October, 17, 2012
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
DETROIT -- CC Sabathia was supposed to be the man to lead this team to a championship. He is the guy everyone knew would be the most important member of this team if it won it all.
All Sabathia has done so far is go 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 17 2/3 postseason innings. The rest of the staff has done its best to support Sabathia. But you know the story -- the Yankees hitters haven't shown up.
The Yankees have never lost in the six times Sabathia has started on the road in the playoffs. He is 3-0 with a 4.19 ERA.
In his past eight postseason starts, Sabathia is undefeated, going 4-0 with a 3.97 ERA in 47 2/3 innings.
He'll have to stay undefeated for the Yankees to stay alive.
UP NOW: Ian O'Connor on the collapse. Wallace Matthews on Joe Girardi's shake-up that didn't work. My news story on Phil Hughes' stiff back and the big-time benchings. And five things from the clubhouse.
ON DECK: Rob Parker will have a new column today. Mark Simon will have a What2Watch4. Max Scherzer faces Sabathia.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Do you play Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher?