Felix Hernandez (8-1, 1.91 ERA) and Michael Pineda (6-2, 3.36 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (24-26) and the New York Yankees (26-25) at Safeco Field. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 1 and can be seen on YES and ROOT-NW.
Hernandez is 9-5 with a 2.87 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 106 strikeouts against the Yankees. Nelson Cruz (.335, 32 Rs, 18 HRs, 38 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Pineda went 6.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking one in a 4-2 win over the Royals in his last outing. Alex Rodriguez (.281, 28 Rs, 11 HRs, 27 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Yankees, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Seattle is a -152 favorite against New York and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at six runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -518 and a record as the favorite of 17-15. Seattle is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games.
In games where it is the underdog, New York has a 12-13 record and an overall money line of -56. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record, and a 4-6 record SU. The Yankees have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 155 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 4.02 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 Mariners have a 19-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Pineda takes the mound. Hernandez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 19-18 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
New York has won 39% (9-14) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Seattle has won 53% (8-7) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are coming in with a 3-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 5-18. 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 fourth with 62 home runs this season and New York ranks third with 63.
Ranking 13th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. New York ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.40.
Ranking 21st, Seattle is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.694). New York ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .724.
When the Yankees allow at least one home run, they are 14-19. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 10-22 record.