Wow, Mariners what happened? Every time I talk about this team I think that it can’t get much worse. They then promptly prove me wrong as it does get worse. They head into New York in need of a win to try and get the season back on track.
Money Line – Seattle Mariners +129, New York Yankees -139
Over/Under – 9.5 (O -105, U -115)
First Pitch – 5:35 p.m. Central Time. Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
Only one win in the month of May. Three wins over their last three series. Only four games scoring five or more runs during that span. That’s the Seattle Mariners we all expected to see this year. To say that the Mariners have fallen back to Earth after their hot start would be an understatement. It’s more like they have fallen all the way through the Earth and are now melting in the Earth’s core. Trying to turn the tide for the Mariners in this game is Yusei Kikuchi. The left-hander has been solid this season with a 3.98 ERA over his 40 plus innings pitched. He faces a Yankees team that has had limited action against lefty starters this season. They have only faced a lefty starter five times, but they’re hitting .261 against those starters with five homeruns. Kikuchi is going to have a tough test when he starts in the Bronx.
New York Yankees
Is Tonya Harding a Red Sox fan? The injury bug hit the Yankees yet again. This time it was starting pitcher James Paxton hitting the IL with left knee inflammation. At some point this year it seems that every Yankees player will see time on the IL.
Still, the world keeps turning, and baseball needs to be played. Taking the mound for the Bronx Bombers is 24-year-old Jonathan Loaisiga. The spot starter will be making his third start, and fourth appearance, on the season. Even though Loaisiga is 1-0, and has a great 2.70 ERA, he has only pitched 10 innings on the year. He doesn’t last long, and the Yankees will probably have to turn to their bullpen earlier in the game. Lucky for them, they have an outstanding pen bolstered by former White Sox, Tommy Kahnle. Kahnle has a 1.38 ERA over his 13 innings and has only given up four hits on the year.
Analysis and Prediction
Sorry Mariner fans, but I don’t see your team turning it around in this game. Even with the injuries, the Yankees are going to be too much for the reeling Mariners. Take the Yankees on the money line at -139. I also like the over at -105. The Mariners have only hit the under twice over the past two weeks.