Game 16: Yanks at Rays 4/17/14

Good evening!

The Yankees are down in Tampa to take on the Rays in a four-game set and tonight’s pitching matchup is between CC Sabathia (1-2, 6.63) and David Price (2-0, 2.91). If you look at just those numbers you’ll see that the matchup favors Tampa. But it goes much deeper than that.

Here’s what Tampa has done to CC since 2009:

hit-chart (10)

Tampa’s line against Sabathia in 2013 was .283/.343/.535/.878 which isn’t exactly “world beater” status but his K% was only 19.9% which is the lowest percentage he’s had against Tampa since he became a Yankee. His BB% was 7.1% which was higher than 2011 and 2012 but lower than 2009 and 2010 when his numbers were 12.8% and 9.7% respectively. Yikes.

Okay, enough of the negativity. Maybe Sabathia will shock the hell out of everyone and pitch a good game and not fall apart the third time through the order.

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Soriano DH
McCann C
Solarte 3B
Sizemore 1B
Roberts 2B
Ichiro LF

RAYS
Zobrist 2B
Jennings DH
Forsythe LF
Longoria 3B
Myers RF
Rodriguez 1B
Guyer CF
Escobar SS
Molina C

The cool fact of the night: Yesterday, the Yankees swept the Cubs in a doubleheader 3-0 and 2-0 which marked the first time that an MLB team had recorded shutout wins in both games of a doubleheader since the Twins had beaten the A’s, 11-0 and 5-0, on Derek Jeter‘s 14th birthday (6/26/88) in Oakland and it was the first time the Yanks had done it since beating Kansas City 5-0 and 1-0 in a doubleheader on 4/19/87.

Go Yanks!

[Hit Chart and numbers courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info]

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and is co-host of the It's About The Yankees, Stupid podcast. When she's not blogging about baseball, she's blogging about the New York Knicks and when she's not doing either of those things, she's tweeting about General Hospital and her cats.

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