Probable Pitching Duel Saturday in the Bronx: CC Sabathia vs. Jake Peavy?

August 25, 2009   ·     ·   Jump to comments
Article Source: Bleacher Report - New York Yankees


All signs are pointing toward the debut of Jake Peavy as a Chicago White Sox pitcher this weekend. The Chicago Tribune reported that Jose Contreras has been dropped from the White Sox rotation and there has not been a starter announced to to start against the Yankees this Saturday. Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen has not commented on who will be the starting pitcher on Saturday, but Jake Peavy could be the guy to turn to.

Monday night, Jake Peavy received enough work to probably have him pitch on Saturday. he threw 80 pitches and was scoreless in five innings. Peavy was acquired by the White Sox at the trade deadline and has been rehabbing from an ankle injury in the minor leagues since.

Jake Peavy had runners on base every inning on Monday night, but was able to find a way to get out of each jam. Just as he was about to finish the fifth inning he was hit in the right arm near the elbow by Wes Timmons, a minor leaguer. The trainer and manager checked Peavy and everything was found to be alright.

Peavy later on commented on his elbow and said “I don’t know how sore my elbow will be. Obviously, that could be a factor. We’ll see.” Peavy was the winning pitcher in that game and improved his record to 1-1 in three Triple-A starts. Peavy is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

If Jake Peavy is in fact the starter for Saturday there might not be an empty seat at Yankee Stadium to see the pitching duel.

The Yankee starter will be CC Sabathia. Sabathia is having an excellent first season with the New York Yankees. He has a record of 15 wins and seven losses. His ERA is very good being that his home field is Yankee Stadium, where the ball is flying. Sabathia’s next start is against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. He is coming off a good start against Boston to help the Yankees take the series from the Red Sox.

CC Sabathia is a contender for the Cy Young award if he gets 20 wins. If he pitches how he has recently he could easily get there. Sabathia entered the season trying to prove to the baseball world that he can pitch in New York and won’t fall under pressure. He has accomplished his mission and has become the go to guy in the Ynakees rotation. Sabathia beat the White Sox on August 2nd at U.S. Cellular Field. In that start he allowed five runs and 10 hits in the Yankees 8-5 win.

These two former Cy Young Award winners want this win just as badly as the other. The Yankees want to lock up the American League East as early as possible. The White Sox want to stay in the play-off hunt. They are four games behind the Detroit Tigers going into Wednesday. That might be their best chance at making the playoffs because they are nine and a half games out in the wild-card.

The Yankees and the Chicago White Sox will have a very low scoring game if Jake Peavy in fact does pitch against Sabathia. This might be one game that should not be missed and could be all over the highlights the next day. Stay tuned to hear more news on Peavy.

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