On a day where CC definitely stood for “Cy Cy”, Sabathia threw eight masterful innings of one-hit ball to pace the Yankees to a 5-0 victory and a four-game sweep over the Oakland A’s. With today’s win, Sabathia moves to 19-5 on the season. My favorite pitcher (Dallas Braden) only lasted five innings, yielding one run via a Jorge Posada solo blast. Braden did not leave the game due to a high pitch count (79), but left because of CRAMPS. Cramps with a capital C. Yeah it’s hot outside today, but CC Sabathia is nearly 300 pounds and he didn’t have a problem.

Offensively for the Yanks, Curtis Granderson belted two home runs after he entered the game for an injured Nick Swisher (knee). Swisher is expected to be day-to-day with this minor injury.

With the win, the Yankees move to 84-50 and extend their lead over Tampa Bay to 1.5 games.

Initial Reaction:

What else can we say about CC? He is easily the American League’s best pitcher. Sabathia’s 19 wins are tops in baseball and he carries a 3.02 ERA to boot. Sabathia’s first shot at 20 wins will come on Tuesday night against the Orioles. To put that in perspective, Sabathia is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA this season against the Birds. In his career, Sabathia is 13-1 with a 2.59 ERA against Baltimore. Finally, he is 10-0 with a 2.46 ERA at home this year. If those numbers weren’t convincing enough, Sabathia is 23-11 with a 2.67 ERA during September, his strongest month of the season. Basically, the Yanks have a good shot at winning next Tuesday night.

It was a bit worrisome to see Swisher leave the game after the first inning. With A-Rod ready to return on Sunday, we need all hands on deck

Positive From the Game:

CC: I’ve already said it all about The Big Stoppa.

The Bombers Bombed: The aforementioned Granderson and Posada went deep a total of three times today.

Negatives From The Game:

Picked Off: Never want to see runners get picked off (Looking at you, Robinson).

What’s Next?

The Yankees will kick off a weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays. All games will start at 1:05 PM.

Pitching Match-Ups:

Friday, 1:05 PM, YES: Brandon Morrow (10-6, 4.27 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (1-0, 1.93 ERA)

Last Start:
Morrow: Win, six innings, one earned run, nine strikeouts (vs. DET)
Nova: Win, 5 2/3 innings, one earned run, seven strikeouts (at CWS)

**Just two weeks ago, Morrow struck out 12 Yankees in only six innings. Morrow has struck out 36 Yankees in 24 1/3 innings over four starts.

**Nova threw 5 1/3 innings against these same Jays last week. He only gave up runs via a Jose Bautista HR.