Sunday's Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Ryan Dempster vs. CC Sabathia

August 18, 2013 - 7:57 am
Ryan Dempster will take the mound for the Red Sox Sunday in a matchup against CC Sabathia and the Yankees at Fenway Park. Dempster (6-8, 4.50 ERA) has not exactly been a workhorse for the Red Sox, as he as only lasted seven innings or more once in his last 10 starts '€” a stretch in which he has a 4.92 ERA. That has been a factor in Dempster'€™s lack of decisions, as the right-hander only has three decisions (2-1) during that span. However, Dempster went deep into his last start against the Royals, and could have possibly lasted longer when he only allowed one run on four hits and two walks through seven innings (88 pitches). It was the first time that Dempster had allowed one run or fewer in a start since May 2, but John Farrell took him out of the game in favor of Junichi Tazawa '€” a move that resulted in a game-tying home run by J.P. Arencibia. '€œWell, it didn'€™t work out, obviously,'€ Farrell said. '€œWe felt like with power, it'€™s a better matchup with J.P., who handles offspeed stuff very well. Like I said, in this case it didn'€™t work out.'€ Dempster did not perform particularly well in his last start against the Yankees, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits and four walks. However, the Red Sox emerged with a win in that game thanks to a walk-off home run from Mike Napoli in the 11th inning. Sabathia (10-10, 4.66 ERA) has not been as good as he typically is, and only has three starts in his last 13 outings in which he has allowed fewer than three earned runs. Since the beginning of July, Sabathia is 5-6 with a 5.55 ERA and has allowed 15 home runs. However, Sabathia was much better in his last outing than he had been this season, and only allowed two earned runs on three hits while striking out seven through six innings. Sabathia had trouble with control in the outing and walked six hitters. Sabathia struggled in his last start against the Red Sox, allowing seven runs through five innings on nine hits and two walks. Napoli and Gomes each homered off of Sabathia in that outing, who hit both Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Drew with pitches. Yankees vs. Dempster (RHP) Lyle Overbay (18 plate appearances): .250 BA/.500 OBP/.417 SLG, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts Ichiro Suzuki (13): .222/.417/.444, 1 triple, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Robinson Cano (12): .250/.500/.375, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts Vernon Wells (12): .364/.417/.364, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Brett Gardner (11): .500/.545/.800, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Eduardo Nunez (8): .375/.375/.500, 1 double, 1 strikeout Curtis Granderson (6): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Chris Stewart (6): .000/.333/.000, 2 walks Alfonso Soriano (4): .250/.250/.250, 2 strikeouts Alex Rodriguez (3): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 walk Jayson Nix and Austin Romine have not faced Dempster. Red Sox vs. Sabathia (LHP) David Ortiz (59 plate appearances): .218 BA/.271 OBP/.345 SLG, 2 home runs, 1 double, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 15 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (51): .304/.373/.370, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 13 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (39): .273/.359/.424, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (38): .219/.342/.344, 1 home run, 1 doubles, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 9 strikeouts Mike Napoli (31): .222/.323/.519, 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 8 RBIs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (22): .263/.318/.368, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts Shane Victorino (17): .313/.313/.313, 5 RBIs, 4 strikeouts Daniel Nava (10): .200/.200/.500, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts Stephen Drew (9): .286/.444/.286, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Mike Carp (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Will Middlebrooks (6): .200/.333/.400, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Ryan Lavarnway (3): .000/.000/.000 Brock Holt has not faced Sabathia