In his last two starts, CC Sabathia threw a combined 239 pitches. The Yankees will hope there are no ill effects when he takes the ball for them on Saturday evening, as they try to even the series at one game each. They’ll face the Angels’ Dan Haren (14-8, 3.20), who has had some success against the Yankees in the past.
Discussion of the Day: Who do you think is the Yankees’ 2011 team MVP?
Behind Enemy Lines: Bill Plunkett wonders if Jered Weaver is a potential Hall of Famer. Weaver has no doubt been very good for the Angels, but discussions about the Hall of Fame are premature, given that he debuted as recently as 2006.
1) Katie Sharp takes a look at statistical oddities for the Yankees from the past week. Of note: Jesus Montero joining the ranks of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Joe Pepitone as the only Yankees to have a multi-hr game age 21 or younger, Ivan Nova’s 12th start in a row that became part of a winning effort for the Yankees, and Robinson Cano becoming the fourth Yankee after Lou Gehrig, Don Mattingly and Paul O’Neill to have consecutive seasons of 40 doubles, 20 home runs and 100 RBIs.
2) Moshe Mandel notes Boone Logan’s odd splits.
As a lefty, Logan’s main job out of the bullpen is to get lefty batters out, but he’s had a hard time doing so. In fact, he actually has better splits against righties, and while reverse platoon splits are not unheard of, even on the Yankees, they aren’t common. At any rate, one has to wonder why Joe Girardi, who is supposed to be such a fan of splits and matchups, would not use Logan in the way that would most help the Yankees. After all, there is no rule that a left-handed pitcher can only be used as a LOOGY.
3) Jeff Bradley writes that the Yankees should be wary of facing the Tigers in the first round of the postseason.
The Tigers, unlike the Rangers, have a Cy Young candidate in Justin Verlander, and while CC Sabathia is good, facing Verlander twice in a short set is a daunting task. The Yankees have learnt the “be careful what you wish for” lesson the hard way in recent years – losing to the Tigers in 2006 and the Indians in 2007 in the first round, and even in losing to the Rangers last season in the ALCS. A good team, of course, will have no such qualms about which team they face in the first round – since theoretically the team that wins the World Series will be the best team in baseball.