Coming into tonight's game I sincerely believed that CC Sabathia would be able to turn his bad pitching around in a big ballpark against a weak-hitting team. However, Sabathia's ineffectiveness continues as he allowed five earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. It's strange whenever you see Girardi pull Sabathia in the middle of an inning and tonight he did just that. Sabathia's ace title may be flaking before our very eyes and Joe Girardi certainly made it known that CC wasn't his ace tonight by pulling him before Sabathia allowed any more damage in the sixth inning. I am very scared at the thought of our once ace becoming a back of the rotation starter before my very eyes. I am so used to Sabathia being the rock of the Yankees rotation but he has proved in 2013 that he isn't that anymore.. or for at least the moment. Sabathia's ERA continues to take a turn upward as it now stands at 4.78. That means that CC is pitching worse than Phil Hughes has this year. Luckily for the Yankees, they have another ace in their rotation who goes by the name of Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has been priceless for the Yankees this year as he continues to prove that he is the only starter capable of getting the job done every five days. The remaining four starters in the rotation have been inconsistent, injured or just plain bad.
The offense, much like CC Sabathia, was incapable of scoring runs necessary to win a Major League game. The only two runs scored on an Eduardo Nunez double and ironically enough, on a CC Sabathia ground out. The Yankees managed only seven hits against the Padres and Curtis Granderson went 0-4 with two strikeouts in his return from his second injury. Granderson will be a vital part to this Yankees lineup going forward, especially knowing that A-Rod's days are numbered. The Yankees are trying to keep Rodriguez off the field and are looking for contributions in other areas. Granderson will have to show that he can still be the Yankees home run guy when they need it. Also Granderson needs to cut down on the strikeouts but even he would be able to tell you that.
In tomorrow's game Ivan Nova who has been experiencing terrible run support will pitch against the Padres. Nova has been great since coming back last month but has a 4-4 record because of his offense's lack of runs. Pitching against the Yankees will be right handed pitcher Tyson Ross. Ross has pitched to a nice ERA but has not gotten run support, much like his counterpart.