Sunday, June 19, 2011
Sabathia looks to keep rolling on the road
By Mark Simon & Jeremy Lundblad
CC Sabathia leads the New York Yankees into Sunday night’s rubber match against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
In each of Sabathia’s last three road appearances, he’s lasted eight or more innings and allowed one earned run or fewer. He’s just the fifth Yankees pitcher to do so since 1970.
The last pitcher with four straight road starts of eight innings pitched and one earned run or fewer was Chris Carpenter in 2005. The last American League pitcher with four straight? Mike Mussina in 1995 with Orioles.
However you have to go all the way back to Spud Chandler in 1947 to find the last Yankees pitcher to do so in four straight road games.
Still one month shy of turning 31, Sabathia already has the third-most wins before age 31 of any pitcher in the last 30 years. With a win Sunday, he’d match Greg Maddux’s total of 166 before he turned 31.
Sabathia is 1-2 career against the Cubs. The only teams against whom he has worse records are the two teams he’s pitched for: he’s 0-1 vs the Brewers and 1-8 against the Yankees.
Sabathia has dominated left-handed batters this season. Lefties have just two extra-base hits in 94 at-bats against CC Sabathia this season. Their slugging percentage against him is .277.
The only American League starting pitchers whose opponent slugging percentage against lefties is lower are David Price (.235), Josh Beckett (.241), Tim Wakefield (.250), and Justin Verlander (.273)
While Sabathia garners many of the headlines, Sunday night is a special occasion for Cubs starting pitcher Randy Wells. In 2009 on Father’s day Wells picked up his first career victory.
Wells has struggled since coming off a stint on the disabled list. In four starts since rejoining the club he is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA while allowing three home runs.
He has really struggled this season against leadoff hitters. The No. 1 hitter in the batting order is 5-for-13 with two walks against Wells this season.
That’s part of a career pattern. The No. 1 hitter in the batting order has a career .330 batting average and .396 on base percentage against Wells.
Cleanup hitters crushes Wells too notching a.325 batting average with eight home runs in 163 career at-bats.
This Date In Baseball History:
Lou Gehrig was born in June 19, 1903. In the 1932 World Series against the Cubs, he hit .529 with 3 HR and 8 RBI in 4 games.