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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (7/20-7/22)

The Yankees enter the second half of the season with a 62-33 record, which has them slotted in second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently 4.5 games ahead with a 68-30 record to this point in the season. Following last year’s close encounter with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees should definitely do their best to avoid the one game nightmare in this second half. The Yankees will begin this quest with a three game set against New York’s inferior team, the New York Mets. The Mets are currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East with a 39-55 record and the Yankees won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, signs which should indicate a Yankees’ series win. However, unfavorable pitching matchups could derail the Bronx Bombers in this Subway Series.

Yankees expect CC Sabathia to make next scheduled start

Joe Girardi told the media on Friday that the team expects CC Sabathia to be ready for his next scheduled turn in the rotation. CC has been out with an injured hamstring since June 13th and Luis Cessa has struggled to fill the big lefty's place in the rotation in the meantime.

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CC reported that he felt “ready to go” after pitching in a three inning simulated game on Thursday in Chicago. Sabathia was also scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday in Houston and if that goes well his next start will likely come early next week. 

“It’s just something I want to make sure of before we declare it," Girardi said to the media.  

Sabathia’s return will be a welcome one since he was pitching his best ball in quite some time in the lead up to the injury. The Yankees have lost all three of the starts the Luis Cessa has made in place of Sabathia and Michael Pineda seems to be reverting back to the inconsistent version we have seen in the past. Hopefully Sabathia’s performance and leadership can stabilize a beleaguered Yankees pitching staff that has struggled mightily in the month of June. In his last six starts before he got injured CC had pitched to 0.99 ERA and the Yankees are 10-3 in games Sabathia has started this year. For the 2017 season Sabathia has a 7-2 record with a 3.46 ERA.   

Article by Matt Graziano