New York Yankees vs. Colorado Rockies
Tip-off: Thursday, May 9, 2013 – 3:10 PM ET
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
- New York: Sabathia (4-3, 3.31 ERA)
- Colorado: Francis (1-2, 7.27 ERA)
For the past three seasons CC Sabathia has been one of baseball’s best pitchers in interleague games and has assisted the New York Yankees earn the most crossover victories during that span.
The 32 year-old Sabathia will try to win once again against the Colorado Rockies in that stretch in the finale of a three-game series this evening in Denver.
The Yankees are a baseball-best 40-19 in interleague play since the start of 2010 after beating the Rockies 3-2 on Wednesday. Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Brennan Boesch had an infield RBI single in the ninth for New York (19-13), who had lost three of four.
Wells, a former Toronto Blue Jays player, even played third base in the final inning for the first time, making a play on a grounder.
YouWager experts believe that a huge reason for the Bronx Bombers’ interleague success has been the performances of Sabathia, who is 9-1 with a 2.40 ERA in his last 11 starts versus the NL. The California native has the second-most interleague wins in the past three-plus years behind Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander (10).
Sabathia (4-3, 3.31 ERA) was outstanding the only time he met Colorado since joining the Yankees, allowing one run and striking out nine in eight innings of an 8-3 win June 25, 2011.
However, the stat pitcher is coming off his shortest outing since opening day, and frustrations were pretty high with home-plate umpire Jordan Baker. The lefty allowed both runs and eight hits in six innings of a 2-0 defeat versus the Oakland Athletics on Friday.
Todd Helton hit a two-run homer for Colorado (19-14), who has gone 6-10 since opening the season winning 13 of 17. The Rockies will start with Jeff Francis hoping to close the series on a positive note, though he has had several difficulties lately.
The left-hander hasn’t pitched more than five innings since his season debut, posting a 9.00 ERA over his last five starts. Francis (1-2, 7.27) gave up four runs in five innings of a 7-4, 10-inning defeat versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.
The British Columbia native won his only start versus New York on June 20, 2007, allowing one run and striking out nine in seven innings of a 6-1 win.