C.C. Sabathia has been a great pitcher over his career. However, his 2013 season was not the best, as he allowed the most earned runs in the American League and posted a well below average 85 ERA+. This season, Sabathia hoped to improve his pitching by losing some weight. In yesterday's start against the Boston Red Sox, Sabathia almost looked back to normal. On the hill for the Red Sox was 26 year old Felix Doubront, who posted a 4.32 ERA in 162 1/3 innings pitched last season.
The Yankees jumped out on top early and never looked back. They jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Red Sox were able to get on the scoreboard. Their early run was capped by a two-run double by Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeria's first home run of the season. The Yankees scored five more in the seventh, when both Solarte and Derek Jeter had two-run hits. Jacoby Ellsbury singled in one in between both of them. By this time, it was pretty much over, as the Yankees lead 12-2. The Red Sox were able to score three more in the bottom of the seventh, on a passed ball, a sacrifice fly, and a double, but the Yankees rallied back with two more of their own to put them at 14 runs. The Yankees have not scored 14 runs since August 13, 2013.
Sabathia tossed six innings of two run ball, lowering his ERA to 4.78. Of his 106 pitches thrown, 71 were for strikes. While this is a quality start (by MLB standards), it does not seem that Sabathia is back to his old form. Maybe he will never get back to his old form. Felix Doubront only pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs on six hits, but only three runs were earned. Ellsbury lead the Yankees with three hits. Xander Bogaerts lead the Red Sox with two hits.
Yankees 14, Red Sox 5