It’s Kentucky Derby weekend, everyone. And luckily, the Action Network employs one of the best former Major Leaguers turned horse racing analysts in the game.
But before we all pretend like we know what we’re talking about with the ponies on Saturday, we need to focus on a Friday baseball card that has some funk to it.
Not only do we have CC Sabathia and his 1.71 ERA taking on Josh Tomlin and his 9.16 ERA, but Kris Medlen apparently returns for a start with Arizona. It’s a tough first assignment for the former Brave, as he draws the white hot Gerrit Cole (pictured above) and the defending World Series champions. Them’s the breaks.
In today’s MLB preview, we will dive deep into the following three matchups on the diamond.
- Indians (Tomlin) at Yankees (Sabathia) -210 | O/U: 9.5 | 7:10 p.m. ET
- Cubs (Quintana) at Cardinals (Mikolas) -110 | O/U: 8.5 | 8:15 p.m. ET
- Astros (Cole) at Diamondbacks (Medlen) +174 | O/U: 8 | 9:40 p.m. ET
Cleveland Indians (+188) at New York Yankees (-210) | O/U: 9.5
Josh Tomlin (0-4, 9.16 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (2-0, 1.71 ERA)
7:10 p.m. ET
Don’t Count on CC: Is there anybody who’s looked better, physically, in pinstripes than CC Sabathia? The big lefty makes the Yankee uniform look darn good. Anyway, Sabathia has been pretty effective since rebranding himself as a dependable back-of-the-rotation pitcher a couple of seasons back. As good as the 37-year-old has pitched, his sparkling numbers aren’t long for this world. Since the beginning of last season, Sabathia has the eighth-worst ERA-FIP (the difference between ERA and Fielding Independent Pitching, a barometer for luck) among Major League pitchers. Regression is the elephant in the room here. — Michael Leboff
Is there anyone who’s looked worse, physically, in any baseball uniform ever? The big lefty makes the Yankee uniform look worse than it does on someone of average build, as difficult as that may be. CC’s 1.71 ERA is better than early A.L. Cy Young frontrunner Gerrit Cole’s, but his xFIP of 4.72 is far, far worse. Sabathia will go up against a hot Indians offense in weather conditions favorable for hitting. His luck may come to an end tonight. — Mark Gallant