In the middle of the best stretch of his career, CC Sabathia is about to be tested by a team against which he's struggled historically.
Sabathia and the Yankees host the Rockies in an afternoon tilt Wednesday. Sabathia has experienced a late-career renaissance this year, holding the second-best ERA in the American League and having allowed just four earned runs since the beginning of May. Over his last seven starts, Sabathia has posted a 0.82 ERA, the best seven-start stretch a Yankees starter has thrown since Hall of Famer Phil Niekro in 1984.
However, Sabathia faces an opponent that has never been kind to him. Sabathia's 5.51 ERA vs. Colorado is his third worst against any team, and his 1.56 WHIP is his second worst. The veteran left-hander has not faced the Rockies since 2013, and that start only lasted four innings because of rain.
Things to know about this game
• Right-hander Jon Gray will take the mound for the Rockies on a bit of a hot streak of his own. Gray has thrown five consecutive quality starts and has been the winning pitcher in four of his last seven. The 24-year-old has posted five quality starts in six road outings this season.
• Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was out of action Tuesday night with what manager Joe Girardi described as a stomach virus. Ellsbury is listed as day to day and his status for Wednesday's game is unknown.
• With his single in the first inning of Tuesday's game, Carlos Gonzalez improved his hitting streak to seven games. Since May 23, Gonzalez is hitting just under .400 and is among the Major League leaders in home runs and RBIs. Prior to this stretch, Gonzalez went through a 2-for-32 slump.