New York Yankees (41-35, 3rd AL East) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (39-37, 2nd AL West)
Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 81F, Wind SW 7mph, 0% Chance of Rain
CC Sabathia (3-7, 5.65 ERA)
It’s certainly no secret that the big veteran lefty is no longer the pitcher he once was, and both his W-L record and ERA this season certainly paints an unflattering picture so far in 2015. Over his last 3 starts, Sabathia has allowed 13 earned runs over 15 2/3 innings, including a beating he took at the hands of the Phillies his last time out last Tuesday, where he allowed 6 runs on 8 hits over just 4 2/3 innings.
C.J. Wilson (5-6, 3.92 ERA)
While he has been brilliant at times this season, the Angels veteran lefty has also had struggles of his own so far in 2015. Wilson is coming off his shortest outing of 2015 when he gave up 6 runs in just 3 1/3 innings to the Astros on Tuesday. Wilson also didn’t fare so well the last time he faced the Yankees on June 7. In that game Wilson gave up 6 runs over 7 innings to take the loss in a game the Angels lost 6-2.
- The matchup between Sabathia and Trout could be a show-stopper. The Millville, N.J., product is batting .364 (4-for-11) with two doubles, a homer and two walks lifetime against Sabathia, who has struck Trout out three times. Trout’s homer off Sabathia came on June 7 in New York.
- Wilson followed up two excellent outings with a clunker his last time out, allowing seven runs in 3 1/3 innings to the Astros. He may have an easier time with the heart of the Yankees’ order: Alex Rodriguez (4-for-29, .138), Mark Teixeira (2-for-28, .071) and Brian McCann (0-for-7) have not had much success against the 11-year big league veteran.
- Angels slugger Albert Pujols entered Sunday with 12 home runs in June, one home run shy of matching the club record for most home runs in any month. Mo Vaughn (May 2000) and Tim Salmon (June 1996) each hit 13 home runs in a single month for the Angels.
- CF-Brett Gardner – .300
- LF-Chris Young – .267
- DH-Alex Rodriguez – .285
- 1B-Mark Teixeira – .246
- RF-Carlos Beltran – .258
- 3B-Chase Headley – .251
- 2B-Jose Pirela – .224
- C-John Ryan Murphy – .258
- SS-Didi Gregorius – .233