The Orioles shouldnt be at all intimidated by facing Yankees ace CC Sabathia Sunday night in Game 1 of their best-of-five American League Division Series. After all, he hasnt been particularly intimidating against them this season.
In three starts against Baltimore, Sabathia has a 6.36 ERA and an 0-2 record. When he last pitched at Camden Yards, on Sept. 8, Sabathia went 6 13 innings and gave up eight hits and five runs. He yielded three homers in that game to Lew Ford, J.J. Hardy and Mark Reynolds.
He told MLB.com that his three outings against the Orioles had one common theme lack of fastball command. But whether hes in command of that pitch or not, there will be no surprises on Sunday night.
"These guys have seen me a lot, and I know what they're trying to do," Sabathia said. "It's just up to me to go out and execute pitches and make pitches. I've faced a lot of these guys in the lineup the past couple years a bunch. We'll see who has the advantage on Sunday night, but I'd say it's pretty even.
"Why are they here? I mean, it's a good team. Adam Jones has gotten a lot better, obviously. Mark Reynolds has gotten adjusted to the American League and is swinging the bat well. Matt Wieters has gotten better over the years, so they've just gotten a bunch of talented guys that have gotten a lot better and they've made it tough on me."
Sabathias appearance in last years ALDS was forgettable in 8 23 innings over three games against the Tigers, he gave up 10 hits and six runs.
"It's been a whole year; I've pitched a whole season since then," Sabathia said. "I have more things to worry about than how I pitched against Detroit last year. I don't take that into Sunday night. I take the last three or four starts, five starts that I've had, and just try to build off that."