CC Sabathia starts tonight when the Yankees open a three-game interleague series against the Padres at Petco Park. As they began their day off yesterday, the Yankees were eight games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox and three games out in the wild-card race. In his three previous outings, Sabathia is 0-2 with an obese 10.93 ERA. He has allowed an alarming 26 hits and seven walks in 14 innings.

Sabathia's ERA this year is 4.65, about 1 point above his career aveerage. He still has a healthy strikeout rate and thus remains a formidable fantasy option. With the Yankees slightly favored tonight and an over/under of 7 in the game, Vegas seems to believe Sabathia will be able to tame the Padres.ANALYST: