Yankees’ ace CC Sabathia faced off against Red Sox ace Josh Beckett tonight/this morning for the third time this season, and for the third time the Yanks came out on the losing end. The Red Sox won this most recent battle by an 8-3 score, sweeping the Yankees for the second straight time in the Bronx.
Sabathia and Beckett dueled in a classic pitcher’s battle for the first six innings until the game fell apart for the Yankees in the seventh. The Red Sox torched Sabathia for seven runs in the seventh inning, on eight hits (two allowed by David Robertson in relief). Beckett was not quite as good in this encounter as he was in the previous two — both 4-0 Red Sox victories — but his effort this time around was more than good enough for the win.
The Yankees had the fourth best team E.R.A. in the American League coming into last night, more than half a run better than the Red Sox. But the Red Sox had no trouble solving the Yankees’ pitching in this series, scoring 25 runs in three games despite the Yanks throwing three of their top four starters — including their ace Sabathia — against their biggest rival.
Getting back to Beckett, he is having a terrific season so far. Beckett leads the American League with a sizzling 2.01 E.R.A. (not including tonight’s-this morning’s game). As good as Beckett has been against everyone else, he’s been even better against the Yankees. This raises an important question: is it just Beckett that gives the Yankees fits, or do the Yankees struggle against all elite hurlers?
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