Can CC Sabathia Turn it Around Against Boston?

As the Yankees head into Boston there are two big things on my mind, the fact that the Yankees are just 2-8 against the Red Sox this year and that CC Sabathia is the major reason for that at 0-4, 7.20.

Now this is not something that has bothered him throughout his career. In 2009 he was 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA against them. Even last year wasn’t so bad at 1-0, 3.96. So Boston’s dominance over him is certainly something new.

Now, what has caused this fluke? The first thing that he said in when I interviewed him last month was that the Red Sox have done a good job working the count against him, getting into good hitters counts. This makes sense, if a pitcher is constantly behind it is not conducive to success.

How he’s falling behind and what he can do to fix that is a bit of a different story. From the naked eye it appears that they are laying off his slider more often and sitting on his fastball late in the counts.

Sabathia is obviously a great pitcher though and he will eventually make an adjustment. He is not going to go win-less against them over the rest of his career. He seems to be the key against the Red Sox this season. If he were even 2-2 against them instead of 0-4 the Yankees would be sitting a much prettier 4-6 against the Red Sox this year which is the difference between first and second place right now.

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3 Responses to Can CC Sabathia Turn it Around Against Boston?

  1. David K. says:

    Yanks were 2-10 against Boston this year, not 2-8. C.C. finally beat them so now it's 3-10.

  2. David K. says:

    The struggles against Boston this year have been very interesting (and infuriating). I notice that the Red Sox are doing an even better job working the count against the Yankees than ever, plus it seems they have loaded even more Yankee killers onto their team (Marco Scutaro, for one) and Ellsbury is now a certified Yankee killer as well. Boston hitters also seem to get a lot of the close calls around the strike zone, whereas our hitters do not. Some of our hitters (Teixeira for one) simply can't hit Boston. All these things add up to Red Sox dominance. Just once, I'd like to see Teixeira have a great game against Boston.