In no surprise to anyone, CC Sabathia was named MVP of the ALCS after winning both starts. The biggest man in pinstripes went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA, allowing just two runs, nine hits and three walks over 16 innings.
With the Yanks winning in six, they saved Sabathia. He will oppose former teammate Cliff Lee back here on Wednesday in Game 1.
“He sets the tone,” Dave Eiland said. “He set it from the first game in round one. He set a tone in Game 1 of this round. And we’re looking for him to set the tone Wednesday night.”
The Yankees needed just three starter to advance to their first World Series since 2003. They will not have the luxury of an extra day of rest in the World Series and will need to either start Chad Gaudin in Game 4 or pitch Sabathia on short rest.
He won Game 4 of the ALCS on three days rest and said he was willing to reprise that plan in the World Series.
“Whenever they tell me to pitch, I’m ready,” Sabathia said.
Here’s a short interview with your champagne-soaked ace from the clubhouse: