In the past whenever CC Sabathia took the mound, all eyes were on him with hopes he would send the Yankees to a win over their opponent. However, this isn’t the case tonight. Instead of all eyes being on Sabathia, all eyes will be on Matt Harvey, who will only go about five to six innings after Scott Boras insisted to the Mets front office that he had an innings limit. Sabathia doesn’t mind not being the complete center of attention in terms of a pitching matchup. But he will still be in the middle of it all as the game will air on ESPN as part of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball series.
“I’m excited,” Sabathia said after yesterday’s 5-0 win against the Mets at Citi Field. “Sunday Night Baseball. Yankees-Mets. We’ll see what happens.”
Sabathia has earned enough hype that he’ll pitch a good game against the Mets; he kept the Tampa Bay Rays off the board in his last start. And with the new knee brace he was given to wear which doesn’t limit how he pitches, he expects to have the same luck against the Mets tonight.
“The brace just lets me let it go,” Sabathia said. “And I don’t have to worry about swelling, or the next pitch will it (be hurt again), or anything like that. Just gives me the confidence to go out, get on my front side and let the ball go.”
Following a Blue Jays loss yesterday evening, the Yankees are now 3.5 games behind the Blue Jays. And if the Yankees defeat the Mets tonight, the Jays and Yankees will be at least three games apart as they get ready for their final series of the regular season. Sabathia feels the Yankees have a good chance of taking the division, but it all depends on if the Blue Jays lose and if Sabathia can get the win tonight.
“Everything is in our lap,” he said.