The Yankees entered last night’s game with a 5-game losing streak and were playing with little, to no spark. Someone needed to step up and stop the bleeding as the 1st place Boston Red Sox came into town. CC Sabathia, who was coming off his worst start of the year, took the mound and lead the way in a 4-1 win that the Yankees so badly needed.
These are the things you pay an ace such as Sabathia for, his job is to end losing streaks and each day he takes the mound you expect to have a good chance of winning. So far this year Sabathia has had mixed results, he typically turns things on as summer comes around and last night could be a sign of things to come. Sabathia, threw 7.1 innings allowing just 1 run with 10 strikeouts while earning his 5th win of the year.
It’s one thing to come in and put up those numbers to end a 5-game losing streak, it’s another to do so against the Boston Red Sox. The team was coming off of a bit of an emotional low after being swept by the crosstown rival Mets. But there was no time to dwell on that with Red Sox, who’s hatred for one another is well documented, coming to town. In some ways, I think it was a positive to play the Red Sox next, a series of that magnitude will quickly have you forget the past and focus on the challenge at hand.
Sabathia now sits at 5-4 on the year with a 3.71 era. Look for him to turn it up a notch as the summer heat has arrived. The Yankees will slowly be getting more and more healthy as the weeks go on, but it’s quality pitching from Sabathia and the rest of the staff that keep the Yankees winning.