Four days ago, the Yankees finished a West Coast road trip with their sixth win in seven games. They came home geared up for a first-place showdown with the Red Sox.
“Guys feeling good about themselves, feeling good about the way they’re throwing the baseball, the way they’re hitting the baseball, I think that’s important,” Joe Girardi said before the team flew out of Los Angeles.
The Yankees have played two games since then, and now the feeling around this team could not be more different. The Yankees have one win in eight games against the Red Sox this season, and they’ve now lost five in a row at home against their division rivals. Tonight they turn to their ace.
CC Sabathia has won each of his past four starts, pitching at least eight innings in every one of them. He has a 1.60 ERA and he’s given up one home run since mid-May. That’s the good news.
The bad news: Sabathia has three losses this season. Two of them have come against Boston.
“I feel good any time CC takes the mound,” Girardi said. “We need a big performance from him.”
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