Photoshop is fun! Hamels vs Sabathia May 24th 2009
The matchup a lot of people have been waiting for is finally here. Cole Hamels, World Series MVP against the Yankees C.C. Sabathia who arguably has the best agent in the world that could get him $161 Million dollars from the Yankees. Sabathia is a great pitcher no doubt, but he really isn’t on a track to the Hall of Fame anytime too soon.
Sabathia is a 3 time all star in his 9th year of MLB service. His record this year is anything but stellar, his record is 4-3 with a 3.43 era. Last year he went 11-2 for Milwaukee after a trade from Cleveland and the Yankees bought into C.C. expecting him to let the Yankees in that double digit win total he has produced last year and in 2007 when he won 19 games. In ‘08 he also was traded out of Cleveland after producing a 6-8 record with a 3.83 era.
Cole Hamels is still floating back to earth after being named the World Series MVP last year. There was concern he was slightly injured early in the season but tests showed nothing wrong that would be a trip to the DL. Only starting his 4th season, Hamels is 2-2 this year with a 4.95 era. He’s gonna have to start piling up wins to get to last year’s total of 14 wins. Hamels just needs to settle down and do what he does best and that is pitch his game and get batters out.
Cole’s lifetime record is 40-25 and this will be his 8th start of the year this season. ESPN projects him to go 8-8 this year for the rest of the year, so we’ll see if Cole can overcome this projection with a win today in New York. The clash of the titans is here!
Game time: 1:05 pm from Yankee Stadium