The big stage has once again been set up for Yankees lefty CC Sabathia, who will get the ball for a big do-or-die ALDS game five against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. This win-or-go-home matchup is almost perfectly fitting for Sabathia, a former Cleveland star who was signed in 2009 to win these sort of games; now, in what could be his last start as a Yankee, he gets the nod once again to keep the Bronx Bombers’ season alive. The last game five the Yankees played in was in 2012 against an up-and-coming Baltimore Orioles team, where CC fired a complete game in a 3-1 Yankee win to advance them to the ALCS.
If you told general manager Brian Cashman and the Yankees organization back in ‘09 when they signed Sabathia that, in the very last year of his deal, he would still be needed in an elimination game in order to move on, they would most certainly take it. In his ninth year in New York, CC compiled a 14-5 record pitching to a 3.69 ERA over 27 games, solidifying his successful tenure with the team, in which he went 9-0 following a team loss. Overall, he is an impressive 120-73 with a 3.75 ERA as a member of the Yankees.
If he and the Yankees can finish off their impressive comeback with a win over the Indians in game five, they’ll become just the eighth team in baseball history to manage to win a division series after being down 0-2. However, it certainly won’t be an easy task, as the Indians are set to throw Corey Kluber out on Wednesday night who, even though he pitched poorly in game two, is the AL Cy Young award favorite. If the Yankee bats can put some runs on the board early against Kluber and give CC a lead he can keep through five innings before handing it over to the bullpen, then count on seeing the Yankees in Houston come Friday night.
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