CC Sabathia has five losses this season. Three of them have come against the Red Sox. His ERA and WHIP are higher — and his strikeout-to-walk ratio lower — against Boston than against any of the other 13 teams he’s faced this season.
He gets another shot this afternoon.
“I get up for every start,” Sabathia said. “Every single one, so (today) will be no different.”
Sabathia had no problem with the Red Sox in 2009, and he pitched eight strong innings against them almost exactly one year ago in New York. If he’s doing something different this season, Sabathia hasn’t seen it. Larry Rothschild might have seen it, but Sabathia doesn’t watch video of his starts. He did it for a while with the Indians, and it did nothing for him.
“I tried it,” he said. “Me and Cliff (Lee) actually tried it one year. We were going to start watching video and all this, and it just didn’t work out for us so we stopped doing it… I’m going to pitch the same way pretty much all the time. Attack hard in, be aggressive in the strike zone, and pitch off my fastball. It really does nothing for me to watch old videos.”
So Sabathia will come into today’s start the same way he comes into every start.
“Every game is different, every start is different,” he said. “You go out there with different stuff every time out, so you’ve just got to know what you have that day and attack with what you’ve got.”
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