The Subway Series is more than just three games inter-league play, and it is only about winning a series, because the ego of New York City is on the line. It is a victory for the fans.
Both are their own team’s aces; both have won the CY Young award; and both are two of the most feared pitchers in baseball.
Tonight should be bold and could be one for the history books in what’s likely to be a battle.
Let’s look at both pitchers negatives, as the positives are straightforward, so there is shared PROS category.
JOHAN SANTANA (NYM) vs. CC SABATHIA (NYY)
PROS (for both CC and Johan):
If Sabathia and Santana bring their a-game, they are two of the best in MLB, and they win.
Against both, a batters situation becomes much harder. It is all about catching the one or two minor mistakes CC or Johan do, and capitalize on it. This should be entertaining considering now the Yankees bill is as fickle as the Mets.
Wright, Bay, Arod, and Tex will have to rise to the occasion ASAP.JOHAN SANTANA:
Santana’s momentum has been down, and he has not gone 7 innings deep into a game yet this season.
Yankee hitters will try and shake Santana early in the count by swinging at more pitches, as this has proven to use against him. Hitters will try and let Santana be up in the count immediately, which has caused Santana’s inaccuracy, and easier to reach by driving up his pitch count.
Sabathia has to watch out for Rob Barajas has a .421 batting average, with three homers, 5 RBIs and two doubles in the 29 times at bat against Sabathia. Continue reading ‘Two Teams, Two Pitchers, One City’ »