New York Yankee vs. Seattle Mariners
The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners meet for game one of their series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are -200 favorites over the Mariners with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The New York Yankees haven’t been winning pretty but they continue to win and they are the leaders in the American League Wild Card race. The Yankees are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 32-20 at home this season, and are three games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. As a team New York is hitting .260 led by Robinson Cano at .296, Brett Gardener at .285, and Derek Jeter at .271. As a team the Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.48 with the starters at 3.69 and the bullpen at 3.03. For game one against the Mariners New York starts Freddy Garcia who has won three of his last four decisions. For the season Garcia has allowed 105 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 69 in 103.2 innings of work.
The Seattle Mariners are on a 15 game losing streak and though they have always been a thorn in the Yankees’ side, it remains to be seen what they can bring to the table here. Seattle is 18-31 on the road this season, 15 games out in the American League West, and more than likely looking to deal when the trade deadline rolls around. As a team Seattle has the worst batting average in baseball at .224 led by Ichiro Suzuki at .268, Brendan Ryan at .264, and Justin Smoak at .224. As a team the Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 3.46 with the starters at 3.41 and the bullpen at 3.62. For game one in the Bronx Seattle starts Jason Vargas who has lost his last three starts. For the season Vargas has allowed 125 hits and 57 earned runs while striking out 84 in 130.1 innings of work.
New York is 7-1 in their last eight against the A.L. West, 22-9 in their last 31 home games, and 1-7 in Garcia’s last eight starts against a team with a losing record. Seattle is 6-23 in their last 29 overall, 5-18 in their last 23 against a team with a losing record, and 2-8 in Vargas’ last 10 starts against the A.L. East. Seattle is 8-21 in their last 29 games in New York.
While Seattle’s losing streak has to end at some point, I’m not willing to bet it ends here. Take the Yankees minus the 200.
New York Yankees -200 Seattle Mariners