When and where: September 11, 2019, Comerica Park, Detroit, MI, 6:40 PM ET
Cue the Imperial March for the Detroit Tigers as the New York Yankees storm into Comerica Park for a three-game series meeting. The Tigers somehow managed to steal a game on the road against the Oakland Athletics, but they were still defeated for their eighth consecutive series loss. The Yankees, on the other hand, dominated the Boston Red Sox in three consecutive games to close out their fifth straight series victory. CC Sabathia is slated to start at pitcher for the Yankees on Wednesday opposite of Detroit’s Matthew Boyd.
Sabathia all in for a championship
Yankees left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia could have easily called it a career this season. The 39-year-old has dedicated 18 years to playing in the big leagues, but he has finally reached the age where his body is starting to break down. He has already been on the injured list three times this season for inflammation in his right knee—a chronic issue that calls for a career-ending surgery.
If the Yankees weren’t in a position to contend for a World Series, Sabathia could have easily called it a career and walked away from the game forever. Yet, that isn’t the case with the Yankees tied with the Houston Astros for the best record in the league (95-50).
“It’s the only thing. I think if this team wasn’t in a position to win a championship, I probably would have had the surgery a long time ago,” Sabathia told the New York Post.
Sabathia won a championship with the Yankees back in 2009, and he’d love to run it back at least one more time before retiring. After easily dispatching of the Red Sox, the Yankees are pretty much in cruise control to win the AL East division and claim a playoff spot.
Sabathia will get his first start on the mound since August 30 against the Tigers. He is throwing a 4.93 ERA with a 5-8 record. While he has faced tough opposition, his statistics have slid significantly in the last stretch of the season with him earning four losses in his last five outings.
Things could be worse for the Tigers
The Tigers can at least find solace in the very likelihood they won’t tie the dreaded 2003 team that went 43-119. Of course, that’s assuming they actually win one more game this season, which isn’t a given considering the way they’ve been playing. After facing the Yankees, they still have 11 more games against the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox.
Surely, they can win one of those games, right?
They’d better figure out a way if they hope to avoid any further embarrassment. They are ranked dead last in the AL Central division with the worst record in baseball. On Tuesday, they avoided a three-game losing streak by knocking off the Yankees in a shootout in the series opener, thanks to a walk-off single by Jordy Mercer.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 11, 2019
Boyd hopes to lead the Tigers to a series victory when he starts on the mound on Wednesday. The 28-year-old left-handed pitcher is throwing a 4.57 ERA with 225 strikeouts and an 8-10 record. He is coming off back-to-back wins over the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals. Although the Royals lit him up with 10 hits in his most recent outing, he only gave up three runs in six-plus innings of work.
- Yankees are 38-15 in their last 53 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Yankees are 43-17 in their last 60 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Yankees are 54-23 in their last 77 overall.
- Yankees are 39-19 in their last 58 during game 2 of a series.
- Tigers are 1-4 in Boyd’s last 5 starts with 5 days of rest.
- Tigers are 1-5 in Boyd’s last 6 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Tigers are 1-11 in Boyd’s last 12 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Tigers are 0-5 in Boyd’s last 5 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.