The Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees will close down a four-game series at Yankee Stadium in New York Thursday night. The Yankees have won the first two games of the series to extend the Mariners’ agony, and Seattle will start Mike Leake on this one, while J.A. Happ will get the ball for New York. The tip-off is set at 6:35 PM ET. MLB: Thursday, May 9, 2019, Yankee Stadium, New York, New York, 6:35 PM ET
The Mariners’ awful form continues
The Seattle Mariners have been playing in a terrible form lately, losing 11 of their last 14 games overall and seven of their previous eight outings on the road. They were so close to upset the Yankees in the second game of the series, but they blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning and lost 5-4 in the end. The Mariners are tallying 5.55 runs per game (3rd in the league), a .248 batting average (tied-13th), and a .329 on-base percentage (11th). On the other side, they are allowing 5.42 runs per contest (28th in the league) with a 4.51 ERA (18th) and a 1.37 WHIP (21st).
Mike Leake will take the mound for the Mariners tonight, and the right-hander is 2-3 in seven starts this season with a 4.91 ERA, a 1.51 WHIP, 33 strikeouts, and nine walks, giving up 52 hits and 22 earned runs in 40.1 innings of work. Leake is 0-2 in his two starts against the Yankees, while he’s 95-90 in a career with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The Mariners are 0-4 in his last four starts and 3-5 in his previous eight starts on the road. Domingo Santana is leading the bats with 40 hits, seven home runs, 33 RBIs, a .270 batting average, and a .339 on-base percentage.
The Yankees keep chasing Tampa Bay
The New York Yankees entered the matchup with the Mariners off a 2-1 series win over the Minnesota Twins at home. They won 13 of their last 17 games overall and are sitting at the 2nd spot of the AL East two games behind the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees dominated the Mariners in the opener to grab a 7-3 victory, scoring all their seven runs over the first three innings. New York is tallying 5.23 runs per game (tied-6th), a .258 batting average (tied-7th), and a .340 on-base percentage (5th). The Yankees are allowing 4.06 runs in a return (6th in the league) with a 3.73 ERA (also 6th) and a 1.23 WHIP (7th).
J.A. Happ will take the hill for the Yankees tonight, and the left-hander is 1-3 in seven starts this term with a 4.93 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, 27 strikeouts, and nine walks, giving up 40 hits and 21 earned runs in 38.1 innings of work. Happ is 4-2 in his seven starts against the Mariners and 110-85 in his career with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. The Yankees are 3-1 in his previous four starts. D.J. LeMahieu and Luke Voit are leading the bats. LeMahieu has 38 hits, 19 RBIs, a .330 batting average, and a .385 on-base percentage, while Voit has 33 hits, ten home runs, 29 RBIs, a .254 batting average, and a .370 on-base percentage.
• 3-11 in the last 14 games overall
• 1-7 in the previous eight contests on the road
- 4-13 in the last 17 outings as underdogs
New York Yankees:
• 15-5 in the last 20 games overall
• 9-2 in the last 11 outings at home
- 8-1 in the last nine home meetings with Seattle
The Winner Prediction
While the Mariners are struggling, the Yankees are playing very well at the moment. The Yankees dominated the Mariners at home over the previous nine meetings, losing only once, so I’m backing them to continue with a strong performance and win by two or more runs. Five of the Yankees’ previous seven home wins over the Mariners came by two or more runs.
The Pick: New York Yankees -1.5 (+125)