June 19, 2011 – By Scott
The Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees will conclude their weekend interleague series as they headline Sunday Night Baseball. The Cubs and Yankees have split the first two games in the weekend series and Sunday night’s matchup will begin at 8:00 ET on ESPN.
The Cubs took Game 1 on Friday night as Doug Davis got his first win in Chicago’s 3-1 victory. The Yankees rebounded to win Game 2 of the series thanks to location problems from the Cubs pitching staff as New York drew 10 walks in their 4-3 win Saturday.
The Yankees (40-29) will send CC Sabathia to the mound on Sunday night. Sabathia is 8-4 on the year with a 3.57 ERA but as far as interleague play goes, he has also been quite effective. In 38 career interleague starts, Sabathia has a record of 17-7 and in his last 12 interleague starts has been almost perfect. He is 8-1 during this span with a 2.78 ERA.
Despite these impressive interleague stats, Sabathia has had his problems when facing the Cubs. In just four starts against Chicago, he is 1-2 with a 5.76 ERA. His last outing at Wrigley back in 2008 did not go well either as he gave up 4 runs in seven innings in the Yankees 5-4 loss. But if he pitches Sunday night the way he has as of late, the Cubs might find producing offensively not so easy. Sabathia is 4-0 in his last four starts on the road.
Randy Wells will take the mound for Chicago (29-41). Wells is 1-1 on the year with a 5.63 ERA. He is also just 2-3 in seven career interleague starts with an ERA of 4.95. The Yankees lead Major League Baseball with 103 homeruns on the year and rely heavily on the long ball for run production. However, they have not homered in their last three games and Wells will look to keep this streak continuing.
The Yankees will be favored by MLB sportsbooks on Sunday night and have their moneyline set at -200, The Cubs have their moneyline set at +180.