Sabathia is winless in three starts with a 6.38 ERA against the Orioles this season, with Baltimore winning those last two starts. He's allowed at least four runs in each of those outings and hasn't lasted more than 6 1/3 innings in any of those starts.
The Orioles are hitting .312 off Sabathia this season, the highest average of any American League team.
"Just with me it's just command, starting with fastball command," Sabathia said Saturday. "They have a great lineup, and I've faced these guys a lot, and they know what I am trying to do. It's just up to me to go out and execute pitches, and you know, make sure I keep the ball down and get the ball in where I need to and go out and make pitches."
Granted, Sabathia is 16-4 with a 3.12 ERA in his career against the Orioles, but combine this year's success against Sabathia with his recent postseason struggles and the O's can afford to be optimisitc.
“Why are they here?" Sabathia said. “I mean, it's a good team.
Sabathia pitched to a 6.23 ERA in last year’s American League Division Series, which the