New York Yankees: There’s No Place Like Home

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Greg Bird #33 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Greg Bird #33 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

Down 2-0 to the Houston Astros in the ALCS, the New York Yankees are heading home to try to make amends in the place where they’ve been doing it all postseason.

After losing two straight nail-biters to the Houston Astros–two games that could have easily gone the other way–the New York Yankees are back in the Bronx. They have yet to lose a game there this October.

Just last week, the Yankees returned home in the same spot against the Cleveland Indians. New York won both games at home and then finished the job back in Cleveland. Now, in a best-of-seven playoff format, the Yankees seek to repeat, but this time with a bit more leeway, not yet facing elimination.

Given, perfection is always advised–I’m speaking as a Yankee fan when I say that–however, late-game heroics will never be discouraged.

On the hill in this one will be the Yankees’ Ol’ Reliable CC Sabathia, facing off against Houston’s Charlie Morton in a building where stats can paint a telling picture.

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Morton is a dominant pitcher at home (10-3, 3.34 ERA), but elsewhere, he is an average arm (4-4, 4.17 ERA). He has made two starts at Yankee Stadium over his career, posting a shaky 5.68 ERA.

In his only start against the pinstripes this season, Morton was taken out before completing six innings, going 5.2 innings, giving up four earned runs, and walking four.

He’ll be making his third ever postseason appearance, up against a veteran slated to make his 21st.

CC posted a 7-2 record at home this season and maintains a 3.72 ERA in two postseason starts this year. In both of those starts, he out-dueled this year’s AL leader in wins (18) and ERA (2.25) Corey Kluber. No sense of adversity can phase the 17-year vet.

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Sabathia also went 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in games following a Yankees loss in the regular season.

Well, the New York Yankees are coming off of a loss and CC Sabathia aims to keep that record unblemished.