Cody Martin (1-2, 3.14 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (66-57) go up against Michael Pineda (6-10, 4.89 ERA) and the New York Yankees (63-60) in the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 22 and will air on YES and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Martin pitched 4.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out two and walking two in a 4-3 victory over the Angels. Nelson Cruz (.287, 72 Rs, 31 HRs, 77 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. The Yankees were unsuccessful against the Blue Jays 12-6 the last time Pineda pitched. He went 5.0 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out two. Didi Gregorius (.285, 53 Rs, 17 HRs, 56 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Seattle pitching staff and defense has been very good, only giving up 4.3 runs per game. The Mariners don't give up many hits to opposing batters at Safeco Field, ranking second in the AL with only 8.4 hits allowed per home game.
They also allow just 2.6 walks per game, the best in the AL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an AL-high 8.8 strikeouts per game.
In their previous three games this season, the Mariners have a 2-1 record. The Mariners will take on a right-hander (Pineda) in this game and have a 48-32 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Martin will take the mound against the Yankees, who have a 46-40 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
When leading after seven innings, New York is 34-29, while Seattle is 28-26.
The Yankees didn't score any runs in their last game. The Mariners have a 7-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 48-11. The Yankees have a 48-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, New York has earned 510 this season. Seattle ranks ninth with 579 runs.
Ranking 25th, New York is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 345 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 383.
The Mariners are 54-37 when they hit at least one home run. The Yankees perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 46-32 record.