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.