At 65-63 Seattle is still in the thick of the Wild Card race, only half a game back of the second playoff spot. The club has gone 6-4 in their last ten games, allowing an average of 4.5 runs per game while scoring 4.4. They have been shut out in two of their last four games. They have faced New York in one series so far this season back in July, losing three games out of four.
New York just wrapped up a three-game series against Detroit in which they took two games, dropping the third to the Tigers 6-10. In the series, the Yankees lineup average nearly 10 runs per game. In their last 10 games, they have scored 6.1 runs per game while allowing 4.7 runs per game.
Game 1 Starters – Ariel Miranda (LHP) vs CC Sabathia (LHP)
Miranda comes into this weekend’s series with a 4.78 ERA on the season coupled with a 1.20 WHIP and 7.64 K/9. In his last three starts for Seattle, the lefty has combined for 14.2 innings pitched while allowing 17 earned runs on 21 hits and striking out 17. That comes out to an ERA of 10.77. He has made one start against the Yankees this season, going 5.1 innings and giving up two earned on five hits and striking out four.
After his last start, Sabathia has gotten his ERA on the season under four, sitting now at 3.99 with a 1.28 WHIP and 6.98 K/9, his lowest since 2004. In his last three games, Sabathia has pitched 15 innings, giving up ten earned runs on 16 hits and striking out 10. In one start against Seattle this year he allowed one earned run on four hits in five innings pitched, striking out five.
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Who’s hot, and who’s not
Nelson Cruz is on a tear this month, hitting .380 in August with 10 home runs and 21 RBIs. He has six doubles to boot, for a slugging percentage of .887 in his last 19 games. He has a hit in eight straight games.
Robinson Cano is also hot, batting .325 in his last 21 games with 10 doubles, although the slugging second baseman has yet to hit a home run in August.
Jean Segura is 3-27 in his last three games with two doubles. In this span, he has twice as many strikeouts as he has hits with six. Guillermo Heredia has just one hit and four strikeouts in his last six games.
Brett Gardner is now 12-30 in his last six games with one triple and one home run. He has also only struck out a single time during this span. His four-hit game against the Tigers last night was his first of the season. With five home runs in his last six games, Gary Sanchez continues to frustrate pitchers. He now has a 1.171 OPS in August.
Aaron Hicks comes into Friday with four hits and 10 strikeouts in his last 27 plate appearances giving him a .160 batting average and 37% strikeout percentage. He is the only Yankees hitter with at least 30 at-bats hitting below .200 in August.
Prediction: Yankees 6 – 4 Mariners
As the Yankees offense continues to roll, they will take advantage of a struggling Miranda. Sabathia has had some rough outings as of late, and so Seattle’s hitters will be sure to keep it close. When it comes down to it though, the New York bullpen is just that much stronger, and in games where starters are likely to get pulled early, that makes all the difference.
Where to watch
Today’s game will be broadcast on WPIX and RSNW, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers.
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