Yankees Come Up Short in 5-4 Loss
The New York Yankees yet again drop another 1-run game, this time to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 in Toronto. CC Sabathia got a no-decision in the game and didn’t have his sharp command. Former Yankee Jose Molina got the game-winning walk-off hit in the bottom of the 9th to give the Blue Jays the victory.
Is CC going through just a slump or are the 6 days rest finally catching up to him and the rest of the Yankee starters?
For weeks Yankees manager Joe Girardi had discussed bringing the starting rotation from 6 men to 5 to keep their regulars on the normal rest. However, since all 6 players had pitched decently, Girardi has kept the 6-man rotation going. While this is good for Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, and others who need the rest, it has not been a good situation for Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
Sabathia has also made it known that he prefers 5 days rest instead of the extra day while Girardi has mentioned as an advantage to the 6 man rotation is to give CC the extra rest. In his past couple of starts, it has been clear Sabathia has lost his precision-pitches and has had to grind out his starts. While just a so-so Sabathia can still provide length and keep the team in the game, it has the potential to be a long-term problem. Since going on 6 days rest, CC has had a 4.26 ERA.
In addition, CC Sabathia is currently not lined up to start game one of an ALDS. He would either have to make a start on short rest or make one start with even more rest to get back on track. This is an issue we’ll have to watch for as the regular season draws to its close at the end of the month.
Nick Swisher was the Yankees bright spot in the game going 2-4 with 2 RBI. Eric Chavez also had 2 RBI in the loss. Cory Wade in back-to-back days gave up the game-winning hit once again.