Things are getting really ugly for CC Sabathia. After the big left-hander was knocked around by the Red Sox on Sunday, he gave up seven runs over five innings last night in a 10-6 loss to the Rays.
Sabathia began the outing with a 1-2-3 first inning, but he allowed six runs on six hits and a walk in the second inning. While he settled down from there, it was too big of a hole to climb for the Yankees offense.
Sabathia has now allowed 22 runs (17 earned) in 14 innings over his last three starts, increasing his ERA from 3.99 to 4.65 in the process. Only eight qualified pitchers in the AL have a higher ERA this season. The returns of Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson will be moot for the Yankees if Sabathia can’t return to form.
By the way, with the win over the Yankees, the Rays hopped over the Red Sox for first place in the American League East. They have won 16 out of their last 18 games.
Your Friday box scores:
Red Sox 0, Orioles 6
Pirates 0, Marlins 2
Rangers 8, Indians 11 (11 innings)
Cardinals 1, Braves 4
Astros 6, Blue Jays 12
Phillies 1, Tigers 2
Mets 11, Nationals 0; Mets 1, Nationals 2
Royals 5, White Sox 1
Brewers 3, Rockies 8
Angels 4, Athletics 6
Padres 0, Diamondbacks 10
Reds 1, Dodgers 2
Cubs 3, Giants 2
Twins 3, Mariners 2 (13 innings)
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.