CC Sabathia is looking to bounce back and help the New York Yankees sweep the Reds and extend their winning streak to seven.
The New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds will wrap up their brief two-game series at the Great American Ball Park, with the former looking to tack on their seventh straight win.
New York will send CC Sabathia to the hill in hopes he can get back to the pitcher they saw through his first three starts. Against the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals, the 36-year-old posted a 1.47 ERA as the Yankees took all three contests.
Since April 21, Sabathia has maintained a 10.43 ERA and a .359 batting average against in three starts. The Reds might just be the team to get him going, though, as the veteran southpaw owns a 2.46 ERA in 12 starts against them including 81 strikeouts in 80.2 innings.
Trying to stop the best offense in baseball will be Tim Adleman, who has given up seven earned runs over his last 11.1 innings (two starts) compared to the three he gave up in his first 10 innings (first two starts) of 2017.
Adleman’s fastball usually sits at 91 mph with a mix of a changeup, sinker and curveball. His home field has been relatively kind to him this season, as opponents are posting a .203 batting average against the righty at home compared to .348 on the road.
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— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzNYDN) May 9, 2017
Movin’ On Up:
This Yankees team is more than hot and it’s getting quite ridiculous how well this “rebuilding” team is actually performing.
Following last night’s win, New York matched their best 30-game start since they also went 21-9 back in 2010, a year in which they appeared in the American League Championship Series.
Player To Watch: Jacoby Ellsbury
In his seven career games against the Reds, the Yankees’ center fielder owns a slash line of .464/.531/.750 with two home runs and an OPS of 1.281. Additionally, three of his four home runs have come off righties this season while the 33-year-old is hitting .299 against them. Look out for Ellsbury to make an impact at some point tonight off Adleman.
How To Watch:
- Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
- TV: FOX Sports 1
- Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH