Sabathia struggles as Yankees fall to Red Sox 5-1

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2013 has not been CC Sabathia‘s year. He’s supposed to be the Yankees ace, leading them through tough times and getting the wins when they matter. But Sabathia probably can’t be considered an ace now that he’s 13-13, the most losses he’s had in his career. He struggled during the game and today not even the Yankees bats could help him.

Sabathia gave up five runs in six innings, making this the sixth time in his past 11 starts that Sabathia has given up five runs in an outing. He allowed the Red Sox to score at least one run four innings straight, not shutting down the offense when he had to.

The Yankees offense was nothing to write home about either. Alfonso Soriano was scratched before the game due to a sprained thumb, leaving the Yankees without one of their best power hitters. Curtis Granderson was the only Yankee to have a productive day at the plate, hitting a triple and a double, the triple eventually scoring him on an RBI ground out by Robinson Cano.

The Yankees can’t afford to lose many more games. The starters are exhausted, the bullpen is taxed. The Yankees have an easier schedule on paper as they’ll face Toronto, Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Houston but will all go to plan for the Yankees, or will their playoff hopes be dashed after a promising August put them back in the pennant chase? Only time will tell if the Yankees can turn it around.

Photo credit: (September 13, 2013 - Source: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)

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