New York Yankees LHP CC Sabathia hopes his strong outing in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field can turn his season around. Sabathia (8-10) threw seven innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits and striking out seven batters, as he won for the second time in his last three starts. He had been 2-6 with a 6.78 ERA over his previous 11 starts since starting the year 5-4 with a 2.20 ERA. "We know what a competitor CC is; it's frustrating for him," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "There's been a lot of games, I've said, where he's pitched a lot better than the line." Added catcher Brian McCann (via Newsday's Erik Boland):
The Mets are concerned with starter Jacob deGrom and are considering pushing back his next start, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. The club thinks the right-hander is fatigued. deGrom, 28, has had another strong season, currently standing with a 2.96 ERA and a 137/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings. However, he’s battled command issues in his last two starts. Against the Giants and Cardinals, he gave up a combined 13 earned runs on 25 hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in nine and two-thirds innings. The Mets are already without Steven Matz, Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey, and Jon Niese. deGrom’s recent bout is just the latest in what has been a season-long starting pitching struggle for the club.
Here are the scores. And here are the highlights: Astros 5, Pirates 4: Evan Gattis and Carlos Correa homer as the Astros scratch out five runs off of Gerrit Cole. Finishing the road trip 5-2 has to make the Astros feel a bit better about things at the moment. They’re still four and a half back with four teams ahead of them in the Wild Card, but there’s still time. Brewers 7, Rockies 1: Two homers from Ryan Braun, driving in three while Zach Davis allowed one run over six, striking out eight. Four wins in a row for Milwaukee. That means nothing for playoff purposes — they ain’t in the conversation — but they can mention it in the holiday letter. Athletics 5, Indians 1: Kendall Graveman allowed