CC Sabathia will pitch for the Yankees in their 7:10 EST game tonight in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Kyle Lohse, who has a 2.72 ERA and 42 strikeouts so far this season, will pitch for the Brewers.
On the offensive side for the Yankees, Yangervis Solarte, who was a great find by Yankees’ scouts Don Wakamatsu, David Keith and Jay Darnell, has multiple hits in two of his past three games. No one would have predicted him to lead the team in RBIs and have the best on-base percentage out of all of the Yankees who qualify for the batting title at this point of the season.
Sabathia (5.75 ERA) has struggled so far this season, and after allowing five runs and 10 hits in 3.2 innings in his last start, will look to bounce back during his first start back in Milwaukee. He had an outstanding 1.65 ERA in 17 starts while pitching the second half of the season in 2008 for the Brewers. Sabathia took the ball on three days rest for his last three starts of the regular season to help the Brewers make the playoffs. Sabathia was a different pitcher back then since he was able to throw his fastball in the mid 90s, which is not what he is able to do this season.
Outside of Sabathia’s last start, he had shown signs of improvement and being able to adapt to his decreased velocity. In his start against the Seattle Mariners on April 29, he allowed four runs in five innings, but he struck out six and didn’t walk anyone. His start was much more encouraging in his start against the Boston Red Sox on April 24 as he pitched six innings and only allowed two earned runs. Sabathia recorded eight strikeouts and only three walks in that game.
When interviewed yesterday in Milwaukee Sabathia didn’t think his performance against the Angels was that big of a deal and thought that he would be able to bounce back. “I mean it was bad obviously, you know, coming on the heels of two games I probably should have won,” Sabathia said. “But I am not as panicked I guess as everybody else is, and trying to make changes and stuff. It is what it is.”
In his starts in at Fenway Park against the Red Sox and at Tropicana Field against the Rays, as well as his start against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium where he allowed all four of his runs in the sixth inning, Sabathia has proven he can still dominate the opposition. He will look to find that consistency again in Milwaukee, where he pitched arguably his best three months of his career.
Sabathia, who has repeatedly said that he enjoys hitting, will look to record his third hit while with the Yankees and his 26th hit of his career. He has a .229 average in 109 at-bats, with three homers and 15 RBIs.
Here is what Sabathia had to see when he was interviewed by the Milwaukee media about his return to Milwaukee, his transition from the Brewers to the Yankees, how meaningful the stretch run was while playing for Milwaukee, how pitching on short rest for the Brewers helped prepare him to pitch well in the playoffs and World Series for the Yankees in 2009 and the relationships he made while playing with the Brewers: