The Yankees took last night’s game 6-3.
Sonny Gray was dominant in his fifth start as a Yankee on Saturday. The right-hander went seven strong, allowing just one run on three hits while walking two and striking out nine. The single run came on a solo shot by Danny Valencia in the third inning which tied up the game 1-1. Then in the fourth inning Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run home run to put New York up 4-1, a lead they wouldn’t surrender for the rest of the game.
Starlin Castro, in his second game back from the DL, added on to the lead with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. The Mariners mounted a comeback in the eighth, but they only ended up scoring one run on a fielding error by Castro. Yankees relievers Tommy Kahnle and Dellin Betances combined for two innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts.
Game 3 Starters – Andrew Albers (LHP) vs Masahiro Tanaka (RHP)
Andrew Albers holds a 3.60 ERA and 1.40 WHIP for the Mariners so far this season. The left-hander has spent most of this season with the Braves AAA club, making 17 starts and pitching to a 2.61 ERA in 120.2 innings pitched. In two starts at the Major League level, he has combined for 10 innings pitched with four earned runs and 12 hits allowed, walking two and striking out seven. This will be his first time facing the Yankees this season.
Tanaka has had many ups and downs this season (mostly downs) but he brings a 4.86 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into Sunday’s game. In his last three starts, the right-hander has been solid, allowing six earned runs on 14 hits over 17 innings pitched, walking six and striking out 13. His 3.18 ERA in August is the best month he has had so far. In one game against Seattle in July Tanaka pitched six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, striking out six.
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Who’s Hot, and Who’s Not
In his last six games, Yonder Alonso is batting .353 and slugging .647. The former Athletic has two doubles and one home run in 17 at-bats. Kyle Seager is 7-21 in his last five games with one home run and five RBIs. Mike Zunino is six for his last 15, with three of those six hits being for extra bases. Five of his last 10 games have been multi-hit games.
Jean Sugar has just two hits and seven strikeouts in his last 29 plate appearances. The shortstop is batting .228 in the month with a .630 OPS. Mitch Haniger has fared little better, going 3-24 in his last six games while also striking out seven times. His OPS in August is .590.
Brett Gardner is batting .357 in his last six games with 10 hits including a triple and a home run. The outfielder has extended his streak of games without a strikeout up to seven now. Gary Sanchez has four home runs and nine RBIs over the course of the last week, and a 1.086 OPS.
Aaron Judge has just four hits in his last 26 plate appearances, with only one of them being for extra bases. He has, however, only struck out six times in this span, which is relatively low for the heavy hitting outfielder. The August woes of Aaron Hicks continue as he brings a .172 batting average on the month into Sunday’s game. He has more strikeouts (15) than hits (11) during this span.
Prediction: Yankees 5 – 3 Mariners
This is an interesting pitching matchup. On one side you have the shaky Masahiro Tanaka, who has had flashes of brilliance this season but who has also been roughed up bad on more than a few outings. On the other side, you have Andrew Albers, who has spent much of his last four seasons since making his Major League debut in the minors. I have to go with the Yankees lineup, which has scored six or more runs in four out of their last five games.
Where to Watch
Today’s game will be broadcast on RSNW and YES, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers.
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