Orioles Brad Bergesen:
Cano has an 11-hitting streak going; and A-rod has hit a home-run and two RBIs in nine at-bats vs. Bergesen. In Granderson’s seven at-bats against Bergesen, he has a .555 batting average; with three hits, one double, three RBIs, a walk and zero strikeouts.
Bergesen has had some success versus the Yankees, as Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter have yet to get a hit in a combined 17 at-bats. He also pitched two innings of relief in New York back on April 13th, not giving up a hit and striking out two of the six Bombers he faced even though the Orioles lost the game 7-4.
Still, for the Orioles to have any chance to win the first game of the weekend, Bergesen has to pitch like he did in relief 10 days ago, but for about four more innings.
He has made two prior starts in 2011 posting a 0-2 record, throwing a combined 8.2 innings, allowing seven hits, three homers, four earned runs and striking out five. That isn’t going to cut it with the way the Yankees are hitting.
Sabathia’s 0-1 record over four starts is not an accurate account of his performances. Sabathia has a 2.52 ERA in just over 25 innings pitched.
This is Sabathia’s slowest start and the only time he hasn’t posted a win in four outings in his 10 past seasons. Sabathia would throw nine innings all the time, but skipper Joe Girardi is not going to allow Sabathia or any Yankee pitcher get overused.
Sabathia is 14-2 in his career against the Orioles, so going eight innings is something Girardi would love to see. Whether Sabathia can keep his pitch count below 100 through seven innings is the question. Sabathia’s pitch count has been over 100 in all four outings, but only once vs. the Twins did he throw an efficient 104 pitches in seven full innings.
MY PREDICTION (and plea):
The motto in baseball or any other team sport is you win as a team; you lose, as a team. With the idea that no player is supposed to ever ask or imply otherwise, but this is America and to say it has never happened would be lying.
I can guarantee that selfish attitude has and never will materialize from a player like CC Sabathia. So I have no reason not to hope that Sabathia’s Yankee teammates win this game for their ace, who has come through above and beyond for the team, both as a player and a person.
Obviously the Yankees and the O’s both want to come away with the win, but the Yankees have an extra reason to make sure it happens in this game.
It would be hard to imagine that the Yankee players aren’t thinking about winning for CC and my guess is that is exactly what will happen.
Yankees beat the Orioles with a final score of 10-2.
2011 MLB FACT: The Bombers are the only team in baseball who has not lost two games in a row this season. They also have the most homeruns with 30 already on the season.
- Yankees seek arm-saving innings from their starters (nypost.com)
- Orioles put Hardy on DL, recall Bergesen (cbc.ca)
- Colon Sharp In Yanks Win Over Jays (slidingintohome.blogspot.com)
- New York Yankees: CC Sabathia Participating in Special Auction That Benefits Autism (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Hughes lets it fly in pen (nypost.com)
- New York Yankees: Still Too Cold Even For A Hot CC Sabathia (ladylovespinstripes.com)