Tuesday, May 14, 2013
First Pitch: CC vs. the King for first time
By Andrew Marchand
CC versus the King has never happened before.
Despite the fact that CC Sabathia's and Felix Hernandez's careers have overlapped since 2005, the aces have never faced each other.
You don't need to beat the drums to hype this pitching matchup, but we will do it anyway. These guys are often dominant, but each is particularly so against his Tuesday night opponent.
In Sabathia's past eight starts against the Mariners, he is 8-0 with a 1.20 ERA, dating back to August 2009. No Yankees starter has ever had a better streak against Seattle.
In five starts at the new Yankee Stadium, Hernandez has a 4-1 record and a 1.13 ERA. That's better than any pitcher who has made at least two starts there.
In fact, Hernandez has two shutouts at the new stadium, which is one more than Sabathia in his 65 starts. Hiroki Kuroda has the most, with three in 23 starts.
Overall, in his career against the Yankees, Hernandez is 8-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 14 starts. Sabathia is 12-4 with a 2.46 ERA in 20 starts versus the Mariners.
This year, Hernandez is 5-2 with a 1.53 ERA, while Sabathia is 4-3 with a 3.23 ERA.
UP NOW: Curtis Granderson could be back as soon as Tuesday night. The Yankees split with the Cleveland Indians. Vidal Nuno is the newest, latest sensation. Scott Sargent made the start for ESPNNewYork.com in Cleveland and did an excellent job, so please peruse the blog if you missed anything from Monday's doubleheader.
ON DECK: Matt Ehalt and I will be at Yankee Stadium for the huge pitching matchup. We will hear from Granderson.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Who would rather have on your team -- CC or the King?