The second half of the 2015 MLB season begins on Friday, and there is a full slate of baseball games on the schedule. One of the top games to look out for is the game between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees, who are beginning a three game series against their old playoff rivals.
Seattle Mariners (41-48) vs New York Yankees (48-40), Friday, July 17, 7:05 PM. ET.
The Seattle Mariners will give Mike Montgomery the start, while the New York Yankees counter with Masahiro Tanaka.
Montgomery is 4-3 in eight starts, with a 2.29 ERA. He overcame a slow start to the season, and has won three of his last four starts. Prior to his last start, Montgomery had allowed only one run in his last three starts, and the Mariners are hoping that the extra rest can help him return to that form against the Yankees.
Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant for the Yankees last season, before he was injured, he hasn’t had the same level of success this year, but he has still pitched very well for the Bronx Bombers. He is currently 5-3, with a 3.63 ERA, but he has been in a slump over his last five starts. Tanaka is 1-2 with two no decisions during the span, and has allowed a lot of runs lately. Before his last five starts, he allowed three runs in his last three starts, but since then he has allowed 17 runs in five starts. The Yankees are hoping he can find his form and finish the season strong, which should help them get back into the playoffs.
Team vs Team Analysis
This is the first meeting between the two teams this year, the Mariners are one of the worst offensive teams in the league, as a team, they are hitting .236, which is 29th in the league, and they have scored 312 runs, which is 27th in the league. Their pitching is much better than their offense, but they are just about average in that department, with the exception of Felix Hernandez, who continues to be one of the best pitchers in baseball, and leads the team in the top pitching statistics.
The Yankees are trying to make their first trip back to the playoffs in three years, and can make it happen if they can hold off their AL East rivals. Unlike the Mariners, the Yankees have one of the best offenses in baseball, and they have scored 409 runs so far, which is 2nd in the league. Their batting average has dipped to .254, which is 16th in the league, but they are still in the top 10 in on base percentage and slugging percentage. Their pitching has been their weakness so far, and it could end up costing them down the line, if they don’t improve soon.
My Pick: The Seattle offense might be able to score some runs against the Yankees pitching staff, but they won’t be able to outscore the Yankees at home, so I’m picking New York to win this game.