Heading into this evening's game, Sabathia's season can be split neatly into eleven game halves. And it works out surprisingly well, given that he pitched quite well in start number eleven (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K), and horrendously in start twelve (4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K). Here is the full breakdown:
The first 11: 65.1 IP, 54 H, 27 BB, 56 K, 2 HR, 2.20 ERA, 3.30 FIP
The next 11: 65.0 IP, 77 H, 24 BB, 54 K, 13 HR, 6.78 ERA, 5.33 FIP
That's kind of incredible, isn't it? His BABIP also jumped 31 points, and his HR/FB climbed by 15.7 percentage points. And that's the difference between a contributing member of a starting rotation, and a sub-replacement albatross. At least there's only one year left on the deal.
Here's tonight's lineup:
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Didi Gregorius, SS
- Gary Sanchez, DH
- Starlin Castro, 2B
- Mark Teixeira, 1B
- Brian McCann, C
- Aaron Judge, RF
- Aaron Hicks, LF
- Ronald Torreyes, 3B
The first pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM.