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New York Yankees vs Seattle Mariners: Lineups, preview and prediction (8/26)

Seattle took game one in a true pitcher's duel last night. Can New York's offense bounce back to even the series?


The Mariners took last night’s game 2-1 in 11 innings.

Seattle scored the first run of the evening in the fourth inning off the bat of catcher Mike Zunino, who hit a solo home run off of CC Sabathia. Three scoreless frames later, New York finally tied the game up on a Didi Gregorius RBI double that drove in Aaron Judge.

The game stayed tied for two more innings until the top of the eleventh when Yonder Alonso hit a solo home run off of Aroldis Chapman to put the Mariners up 2-1. 

Mariners starter Ariel Miranda pitched 4.2 innings of shutout ball while Sabathia went seven strong, allowing just one run on five hits. Seattle ended up using six relief pitchers after removing Miranda in the fifth. They combined for 6.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits. 

Game 2 Starters – Yovani Gallardo (RHP) vs Sonny Gray (RHP)

In 24 games this season Gallardo has posted a 5.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 117.1 innings pitched. In his last three starts, he has pitched 14.2 innings, allowing 14 earned runs on 20 hits and striking out 14. He also allowed a combined six home runs in those three starts. In one start against New York this season he allowed three earned runs over five innings, walking three and striking out five. 

Sonny Gray comes into this weekend with a 3.38 ERA on the season and a 1.21 WHIP. In the right-hander’s last three starts he has given up six earned runs in 17 innings, striking out 11 and walking eight. In spite of his relatively good outings, the Yankees have gone 1-3 in games he has pitched in since acquiring him at the trade deadline. This will be Gray’s first start against the Mariners this season. 

Lineups

Mariners LineupHome Runs
Batting Average
On-Base Percentage
Segura, SS7.305.357
Alonso, 1B3.302.362
Cano, 2B19.277.336
Cruz, DH31.291.372
Seager, 3B19.256.324
Haniger, RF8.250.349
Gamel, LF6.290.344
Heredia, CF6.280.346
Zunino, C19.231.312
Yankees LineupHome Runs
Batting Average
On-Base Percentage
Gardner, LF20.255.346
Hicks, CF13.261.365
Sanchez, C27.277.350
Judge, RF37.283.414
Gregorius, SS19.308.337
Headley, 1B8.274.356
Castro, 2B12.305.342
Frazier, 3B5.218.351
Ellsbury, DH6.237.320

Who’s Hot, and Who’s Not

Catcher Mike Zunino has been on a tear in his last six games, going 6-18 with two doubles and one home run. He has a 1.066 OPS during this span. Over the course of the last week, both Yonder Alonso and Robinson Cano are batting .368. Alonso has driven in five and scored six while Cano has three doubles and has struck out only twice in 20 plate appearances. 

Jean Segura is three for his last 27 with two walks and six strikeouts. He is hitting just .241 on the month with a .664 OPS. Ben Gamel had a fantastic start to the season, but the former Yankee’s batting average in August has now dropped to .159. Of his 11 hits this month, only two have been for extra bases. 

Brett Gardner is 9-29 in his last six games with five runs and zero strikeouts. The outfielder has struck out just once in his last 42 plate appearances. Gary Sanchez holds a 1.126 OPS in August with 11 home runs and 23 RBIs in 22 games. It’s not apparent whether the Yankees catcher will play in today’s game as he faces a four-game suspension for Thursday’s brawl with Detroit. After dropping two games in a row, he might decide it’s best to keep his bat in the lineup now and face having to serve the four games in another series down the line. 

Todd Frazier has four hits and twice as many strikeouts in his last 20 at-bats. In his last five games, Tyler Austin is 3-13 with six strikeouts. Aaron Judge has the lowest OPS of any Yankees player with at least ten at-bats over the last week at .584.

Prediction: Yankees 5 – 3 Mariners

After last night’s low scoring affair, each team’s lineup will be hungry for runs this afternoon. Gray, who has been effective at limiting damage in his few starts with the Yankees so far, is definitely the stronger pitcher in this matchup with an ERA a full two runs lower than Gallardo’s. I think New York jumps on the Mariners pitcher early and keeps Seattle at bay with solid pitching from their starter and bullpen. 

Where to Watch

Today’s game will be broadcast on YES and RSNW, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers. 

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