The best thing the Yankees have going for them as they head to a decisive Game 5 at home (again), is that their ace, CC Sabathia, is ready to go on full rest.
“It’s time to go,” Sabathia said after last night’s 13-inning loss. “You know, this is what you play for. That’s a good team over there and we’ve been battling all year, so hopefully I can go out and have a good performance and keep us in the game and give us a chance to win.”
Asked if he feels the whole season is on him, Sabathia said, “No.
“It’s time to go, like I said. This is a one-game playoff, and this is what we play for. We’re here in the Bronx athome, and I’ll be excited and ready to go.”
Does he relish that opportunity?
“Of course,” Sabathia said.
Sabathia added that he expects the same type of close game he and Jason Hammel pitched in Game 1.
“Yeah, I hope so,” Sabathia said. “He pitched a great game last time out. It’s a great team ogver there. We’ve battled all year. I look forward to it being a good game.
“We havea great lineup. We have great players in our lineup. You know, at any time we can bust out and score a bunch.”
It was mentioned to Sabathia that he’s gone seven straight playoff starts without suffering a loss personally.
“It means absolutely nothing,” Sabathia said. “Tomorrow is tomorrow. Games are in the past. You’ve always got to drop the last one and look to the next one, and that’s what I’m doing.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that, despite the fact that Game 1 of the ALCS would be on Saturday, it will be “all hands on deck” with his pitching staff for Game 5 tonight.
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