CC begins three-game series vs. Orioles tonight

Greetings from the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, where the Yankees and Orioles will open a three-game series tonight at Camden Yards. The weather is getting a little bit warmer and there’s a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast, which I must say syncs perfectly with most of the experiences I’ve had here in Charm City over the years.

After being washed out yesterday against the Mariners in the Bronx, CC Sabathia will go through the paces of his routine once more and prepare to face the Orioles’ lineup. He’ll be opposed by a familiar face in veteran Freddy Garcia, and the Yankees should have no trouble absorbing the scouting report on Garcia, knowing full well that he’ll throw the kitchen sink of junk at them tonight in hopes of putting Baltimore in position to win.

Here are the pitching probables for the series against the Orioles:

Monday, May 20, 7:05 PM EDT, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
CC Sabathia, LHP (4-3, 3.19 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia, RHP (0-2, 5.51)

Tuesday, May 21, 7:05 PM EDT, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Phil Hughes, RHP (2-3, 5.88 ERA) vs. Miguel Gonzalez, RHP (2-2, 4.58 ERA)

Wednesday, May 22, 7:05 PM EDT, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Hiroki Kuroda, RHP (6-2, 1.99 ERA) vs. Jason Hammel, RHP (5-2, 5.72 ERA)


CC ain’t the pitcher he used to be. Velocity down and too many pitches up. Other teams keep putting up lefties against our hitters because they know we don’t have many right handed batters and our lefties can’t hit lefties. It’s a weakness that wasn’t addressed in the off season. And you can’t put Fransisco in there because he can’t hit the ball. What kind of game are we going to get from Hughes tomorrow? Any bets? The good Hughes or the bad Hughes? Management keeps trotting him out there after getting bombed for 7 runs in the 1st inning in the last game. We don’t want to lose this series. First time this season the Yankees lose after scoring first?


CC is not perfect tonight by any means. Too many pitches and too many hits. Garcia limited Yankees to 3 hits. You can’t win many games with 3 hits and 2 runs. Offense has got to heat up here. Bring in Wells for Granderson in the 8th given Wells record against Garcia, ie if Freddy still pitching. This is not a game I’m feeling very confident about. Every inning almost there are men on base. Maybe if we get Freddy out then we can try to get to the pen and score a few runs.


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