In a battle of aces, the Yankees and CC Sabathia get the better of Roy Halladay and the Phillies in a World Series rematch. Sabathia allows three runs on five hits to improve to 4-0 at Yankee Stadium this season. Roy Halladay entered Tuesday's game having given up three home runs TOTAL on the season, all to right-handed hitters. Tuesday the Yankees hit three home runs, all from the left side (Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira). Tuesday was the ninth time in Roy Halladay's career that he allowed three or more home runs in a game - four of those have come against the Yankees, including the last three. We break down how CC Sabathia held on to the lead the Yankees gave him in this edition of The Closer.
How CC Sabathia beat the Phillies:
- Tough to hit: according to the Inside Edge trackers, Sabathia only allowed one well-hit ball all night, his lowest total in any start this season
- 30.8 miss percentage, his second highest percentage in any start this season
- Mixed speeds well: opposing hitters were 0-6 against off-speed pitches (.193 entering Tuesday)
- Owned righties: RHB were 2-for-19 on Tuesday (.105; .233 entering Tuesday)
How Josh Johnson dominated the Rangers while getting a no decision:
- Got hitters to go fishing: 38.3 percent chase percentage, his second highest percentage in a start over the past two seasons
- Allowed no walks for only the second time this season
- Allowed no extra base hits for only the third time this season
- Kept the ball down: 63.2 percent groundball percentage, his second highest percentage in a start this season
How Max Scherzer mowed down the Nationals:
- Attacked the strike zone: 63 of Scherzer's 112 pitches were in the strike zone, his highest total this season. Five of his nine strikeouts were in the strike zone and four were called.
- Kept hitters off balance: According to Inside Edge, Scherzer threw 19 changeups to go along with his mid-90s fastball. The Nationals swung at 10 of them, missed on five and struck out on four - all swinging. Scherzer now has nine strikeouts on his change over his previous two starts. He had only 12 over his previous 10 starts.