Taijuan Walker (2-5, 6.18 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 3.22 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (24-28) and the New York Yankees (28-25) at Safeco Field. The Yankees won the last game 5-3 and New York leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 3:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 3 and can be seen on YES, ROOT-NW and MLB Network.
Walker pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs and striking out eight in a 2-1 win over the Indians. Kyle Seager (.280, 22 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5. Against the Mariners, Tanaka is 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts. Mark Teixeira (.241, 26 Rs, 15 HRs, 40 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
New York is a narrow -115 favorite over Seattle. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Mariners have an overall money line of -761 and a record as the underdog of 7-10.
In games where it is the favorite, New York has a 14-11 record and an overall money line of -35. The Yankees have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 162 extra base hits. New York is excellent at drawing walks with 3.2 per road game, ranking fifth in the AL. New York's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.93 ERA. The Yankees have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.5 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Yankees have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Mariners have a 19-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Tanaka takes the mound. Walker (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 20-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
NY Yankees are 6-13-1 SU in their last 20 games,.
NY Yankees are 3-10-1 SU in their last 14 games, on the road.
NY Yankees 4-0-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Seattle.
NY Yankees 6-0-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Seattle.
For the ninth time this season, the Yankees registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Mariners play into extra innings, they have a 4-5 record. The Yankees are 1-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Yankees are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 13 strikeouts. The Mariners have a record of 2-5 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 6-18. The Mariners have a 9-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Seattle and New York both rank in the top five of the league in home runs. Seattle sits at fifth with 62 home runs this season and New York ranks third with 65.
Ranking 14th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.94 per game. New York ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.37.
Ranking 20th, Seattle is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.694). New York ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .725.
The Yankees are 14-19 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mariners are 10-24 when they allow at least one homer.