Red Sox Will Need to Beat CC Sabathia in Order to Sweep Yankees, But There Is Hope for Boston


Red Sox Will Need to Beat CC Sabathia in Order to Sweep Yankees, But There Is Hope for Boston Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from a longer conversation between Michael Hurley and's Neil Keefe. You can read their entire conversation by clicking here.

Friday night, I love the Red Sox' chances against Bartolo Colon (surprise, surprise), particularly with Jon Lester going for Boston. Of course, saying that, you know Colon's throwing a perfect game. I actually covered one of Colon's rehab starts in Pawtucket back in '08. If you told me that same guy could have a 3.30 ERA through 16 starts that year, I wouldn?t have believed you. But three years later? That's some sick joke.

I obviously fear CC Sabathia on Saturday against John Lackey, who's been trouble this year (though he is 4-0 with a 3.41 ERA in his last five starts). However, there's reason for Boston to be optimistic: The Yankees are 18-3 when Sabathia pitches against teams from anywhere other than Boston this year, but he's 0-3 against the Sox. He's given up six runs in two of those starts, and he has a 6.16 ERA against Boston this year.

Now, the other side says that, well, is he really going to throw three stinkers against the same team? Possible, I suppose, but my money would be on him having a classic CC game where he just rolls right through everyone.

Then Sunday night, forget about it. Josh Beckett loves national television. He eats it up. needs to add "Fox or ESPN Game" to its split page. I guarantee Beckett might be the all-time leader. Maybe I made all that up, but it's a gut feeling.

I have the Sox taking two of three.

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