To suggest these days that CC Sabathia could possibly have the right answer any time he goes to the mound would be kind of foolish these days, considering that he has been so desperate as to consider some extreme measures, including throwing the ball underhand. We're not kidding, as one of the most expensive pitchers in baseball continues to struggle as he prepares for the game tonight at Angel Stadium, with his New York Yankees visiting the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (the official name) in an American League game that gets underway at 10:05 PM ET. Remember that customers at Vietbet get to engage in MLB betting even after the opening pitch is thrown, as they partake in Live Betting Extra.

Sabathia is just 3-7 on the season, and out of 51 pitchers who qualified as starters, he has the 48th best ERA, at 5.65. In this battle of 34-year-old southpaws, he'll be going up against CJ Wilson, who was shelled last time out but had put together a couple of very solid performances before that. Wilson is 5-6 with a 3.92 ERA.

The Yankees are currently third in the American League East, but they are just a half-game out of the lead. So they could really use a mini-come back for their burly lefty. On the road they have a 20-21 record. The Angels are 39-37, and they have moved into second place in the American League West, four games behind Houston Astros. They are also 2.5 games out of the wildcard.

In the MLB betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at Vietbet, Wilson and the Angels are the favorites:

Los Angeles Angels (Wilson) -127
New York Yankees (Sabathia) +117

Under 8 runs -115
Over 8 runs -105

This is no commentary on Sabathia's weight, but he is looking very much like a $50 million white elephant right now. Where do we derive that figure? Well, that is the amount of the Yankees' financial obligation to him over the next two years. The thing is, Sabathia is healthy, at least in his own words, so he simply is not effective.

Last time out, he went up against the lowly Philadelphia Phillies and gave up six runs over 4 2/3 innings. He was lucky to come out of that with a no-decision. Interestingly enough, he has actually not lost a decision in any of his last five starts. He just hasn't been all that good at getting hitters out on a consistent basis. Opposing batters have a .306 average against him, which actually ranks 49th out of the 51 starting pitchers who have thrown enough innings to qualify.

Sabathia actually admits that he has come very close to throwing the ball submarine-style, which is probably a shocker to Vietbet customers, but a clear indication that he is looking desperately for a way to get his fortunes going in the right direction. He has sought out the counsel of Andy Pettite, a fellow left-hander and long-time Yankees standout who has been talking to him – at least as Sabathia describes it – a couple of times a week. Pettite obviously knows the highs and lows, and his advice to Sabathia is not to do anything drastic in terms of his mechanics; to try to work his way through it and maintain confidence.

Some of the metrics don't exactly work out in his favor. He is allowing home runs at twice his career rate, and he has spoken about the ineffectiveness of his changeup against right-handed hitters. But some of the other numbers don't look all that bad. Sabathia's last victory actually came against these Angels, as he went six innings and struck out seven batters on June 7. And actually, his strikeout-walk ratio in his last seven starts is 5-to-1. But he has given up as many homers (17) as he has bases on balls.

Wilson is trying to bounce back from a lousy outing at home against the Astros, who chased him with one out in the fourth inning, having scored seven runs on eight hits. In his two previous starts, however, he went 15 innings and gave up only a single run on ten hits.

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