Two of the game’s premier pitchers will be back with their respective teams today. Both C.C. Sabathia and
Roy Halladay are set to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Yankees and Phillies. Halladay is making his return after quite a longer stint on the DL than Sabathia, but both are set to start tonight.
Sabathia hit the DL after a start on June 24th in which he strained his groin. He has been anxious to return to the mound and will do so tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. Sabathia is 9-3 with a 3.45 ERA so far this year. Despite his absence, though, the Yankees have managed to pull away in the American League East. They are now nine games up on the Orioles and own the best record in baseball. Sabathia’s return should only help them push forward through summer.
Halladay was placed on the disabled list seven weeks ago with a strained right lat muscle. Unlike the Yankees, the Phillies have fallen deeper and deeper into the cellar of the National League East during Halladay’s absence. They are nine games under .500 and 13 games back of first place.
Halladay will start tonight against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He is 4-5 this season with a 3.98 ERA. His presence though could help catapult the Phillies from a sellers position back into a contender. But it will take more than just his pitching. His leadership and some timely hitting will be necessary as well.
Sabathia’s and Halladay’s return on the same day makes for an entertaining Tuesday in baseball, but beyond that, these two pitchers can have a direct impact on the pennant races going forward. Halladay can help the Phillies overcome, or at very least shut down teams who are in the hunt. Sabathia can make sure the Yankees lead continues to grow in the East.
For more on the Yankees, be sure to check out Yanks Go Yard.
For more on the Phillies, be sure to check out That Ball’s Outta Here.