CC Delivers

September 27, 2009 – 11:50 am

NYY 3, Boston 0. CC Sabathia isn’t going to win the Cy Young this year, but you’d have a hard time making the argument that right now he’s not the best pitcher in the league. Over the last two months, the Yankees are 11-0 in his starts, and he is 9-0 over that period with a 2.04 ERA and a .198 BAA. It’s hard to remember when the Yankees had a truly dominant ace like CC, almost as hard to remember as when the Yankees got beyond the ALDS. CC was one pitch shy of perfection yesterday against the dreaded Red Sox, throwing seven shutout innings and giving up just one hit. With the playoffs right around the corner and the division and home field advantage locked up, Girardi rightfully pulled CC in the eighth although he was well under 100 pitches. Had it been earlier in the season, CC could easily have notched a 1-hit shutout. As it is, CC is going in to the playoffs well rested — that should be something to behold.

CC Dominates
So after failing to win three consecutive series to non-playoff teams and causing at least a slight panic among the faithful, the Yankees have now won back-to-back series against both the Angels and the Red Sox, arguably the two best playoff teams not named the Yankees. Pretty impressive. And what an opportunity they have today — they can sweep Boston and clinch both the division and home field advantage and thus properly anoint New Yankee Stadium as the new Cathedral of Baseball. And to think, just a couple of days ago the Red Sox players actually had the audacity to talk about how they would celebrate clinching the wild card in this stadium if it came to that. You got to believe that rubbed some Yankees the wrong way, which would make a Yankee celebration today all that much sweeter. This could well be the most meaningful non-meaningful game of the season!

Photo: NY Post

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