Following back-to-back blowout victories against the powerful O’s, the New York Yankees send Sabathia to the mound to try to finish off the sweep.
- New York Yankees: (67-61)
- Baltimore Orioles: (70-59)
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Following blowout victories in the first two games of the series winning 14-4 on Friday and 13-5 on Saturday, the New York Yankees look to go for a sweep in a crucial series that could have made or broken their season.
Winning this divisional matchup could put them in place to only be 1.5 games back of the second wild-card spot.
The Bombers will send left-handed CC Sabathia to the mound, Michael Pineda was due to pitch on today but the Yankees made a tactical decision on Saturday that the lefty would pitch on Sunday against the Orioles due to the O’s poor numbers against left-handed pitchers.
Baltimore has the worst average in the American League this season against left-handed pitchers batting an AL-worst .230 as a team. Sabathia is coming off of a great outing in Seattle on Tuesday, August 23rd where he pitched seven strong innings where he only gave up three hits, one earned run and struck out seven.
In three games started against the O’s this season C.C. has a stellar 1.93 ERA and not giving up any home runs to the slugger filled Baltimore lineup.
Opposing Sabathia, will be right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman. Gausman has 3.92 ERA on the season but he has been an awful pitcher on the road. He’s 0-9 with a 5.42 ERA away from Camden Yards this year which is something the Yankees hope to take advantage of with their bats as hot as they are.
Player To Watch:
With the way he has been swinging the bat lately Gary Sanchez is not only the player to watch in this game, he is the player to watch in all of baseball.
“The Sanchize” hit another home run in Saturday’s contest raising his home run total to 11 in just 23 games. Historic to say the least and it goes without saying: watch out for another bomb.
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This Day In Yankees History:
In 2007, on top of the right-field foul pole at the old Yankee Stadium, an adventurous squirrel watched the Yankees outlast the Red Sox, 5-3. The squirrel received standing ovations and cheers once shown on the scoreboard scaling the pole in the historic stadium.
How sweep it is:
In a game that could be crucial to the pinstripers 2016 playoff hopes, they try to do something they weren’t able to accomplish all season… Sweep a team in a three-game series.
It seems as though every time the Yankees win the first two games of a series they have never been able to finish it off for the sweep with the most recent example coming from last week in Los Angeles when they could not finish off the Angels.
Gary Sanchez goes 2-for-4 while hitting home run number 12 on the season and lead the Yankees to their first three-game series sweep on the season.