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The New York Yankees look set to turn their disappointing season around as they begin a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners Tuesday night at T-Mobile Park. New York is coming off a losing streak of rivalry to the New York Mets, though it managed to avoid the sweep with a 4-2 win Sunday night as a -145 favorite to get back over 0.500 at 42-41. Seattle has been better than most expected at 45-40 and won another league victory over the weekend by beating the Texas Rangers 4-1 in Sunday’s rubber game to hit as a -143 favorite.
This is the first meeting between these teams since 2019, when the Yankees won six of the seven meetings. New York has a massive 16-4 head-to-head advantage that goes back to 2016.
The Yankees split doubles to avoid sweeping the Subway Series
The Yankees spiral continued early on Sunday as closer Aroldis Chapman jumped another lead to see New York to its eighth defeat in nine games, but at least managed to bounce back quickly with a great performance in the final stage of the twin bill against the Mets . Gio Urshela provided the big blow in game two with a three-run homer in the second, and Brett Gardner later scored at a wild pitch, which was enough to back a strong effort from the bullpen.
Nestor Cortes was effective in a spot start and allowed an earned run of two hits and no walks with four strikes in 3.1 innings. Chad Green got the win with three perfect innings, including an immaculate seventh while hitting six. Luke Voit helped the New York offense by going 1-3 with a double and a run scored.
“We’ve had some pretty devastating losses the last couple of games, games we should have won that we just were not able to get done,” Green said to MLB.com. “I think it was a very important game for us.”
New York has been one of the worst teams for players as it is 31-52 against the spread and far down the money line for the season due to being a big favorite in most games. Overs are 37-44-2 for the Yankees, with the league final against the Mets snatching a run of five straight overs.
Most of New York’s problems have come up on the plate, as it averages only 4.10 runs per. Match even if an OPS of over 0.715 teams is sent above average. The Yankees pitching staff ranks within the top 10 with a 3.90 collective ERA, while managing an excellent 3.29 K / BB ratio.
Jameson Taillon is on the mound to open the series on Tuesday after picking up victory over the Los Angeles Angels last time despite allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk with four strikes in 5.1 innings. After missing nearly two full years, Taillon has been shocking with a 3-4 record and 5.43 ERA over 69.2 innings, even though he has hit 73 strokes. Aaron Judge is one of the few bright spots for the Yankees offense with a .284 / .379 / .523 line, 19 homers and 43 RBI.
Outfielder Clint Frazier was placed in IL last week with dizziness symptoms. Center fielder Aaron Hicks will miss the rest of the season after undergoing wrist surgery in May. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber will not return from a strained rotator cuff until late summer, while Luis Severino’s Tommy John rehabilitation was set back by a strained groin. Reliever Zack Britton throws again after suffering a strained hoarding two weeks ago and should be back soon.
Seafarers continue to gain ground with yet another series win
Few teams have exceeded expectations for preseason more than the Mariners, who are now undefeated in their last six games after handling the Rangers in the rubber match on Sunday thanks to a gem from Chris Flexen. Luis Torrens provided the offense with a three-run homer in the fourth inning with Shed Long Jr. delivering a mammoth long ball an inning later, and Texas could not muster much of a rally as its lone run came in the sixth.
The Flex, who has been virtually untouched in Seattle, threw six innings of one-ball, yielding four hits and no walks while hitting five. The Seattle bullpen threw three innings that allowed only one baserunner, with Kendall Graveman nailing his eighth save. Torrens also pulled a turn and was the only Marine to reach base twice as Seattle did enough despite generating only six base runners throughout the game.
“You know he will give you a chance to win the game,” manager Scott Servais said said to MLB.com about Flexen, who has a resurgent season after spending last year in South Korea. “He will keep you in the ball game. He has really bought what we believe in here as far as he dominates the zone. “
The Mariners have been very profitable for players as they are 48-37 against the spread and increase a large amount on the money line while being an underdog in most matchups. Overs are 43-39-3 for the Mariners, including 5-2 over their last seven games.
Seattle’s offense has been much better over the past few weeks, but season statistics are still rough at 4.14 runs per game. Match and an AL worst 0.677 team OPS. The Marines’ pitching staff has been closer to the middle of the pack with a 4.40 combined ERA, and the bullpen has racked up 3.7 WAR to become number two in baseball, just behind the Yankees.
Justus Sheffield takes the ball for the Mariners to open the series after battling through four innings last Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, giving up four runs on seven hits and three innings. After finishing in the top five in the Rookie of the Year poll last season, Sheffield has not fared nearly as well this year with a 5-7 record and 5.88 ERA across 14 starts. Jake Fraley emerges as a breakout force for Mariners offense with a .263 / .437 / .505 line, seven homers, seven steals and 22 RBIs in 34 games.
Seattle has lost more expected production to injury than almost any other team in baseball, with reigning AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis ruled out until late in the season with a torn meniscus. First baseman Evan White also closes with a strained hip bend. Starting pitches James Paxton (Tommy John surgery), Nick Margevicius (thoracic outlet syndrome) and Ljay Newsome (elbow inflammation) are all out of season. Justin Dunn (strained shoulder) was due to return to rotation pretty soon as he has started a throwing program, while deflector Erik Swanson is on a rehabilitation assignment as he recovers from a strained light. Reliever Casey Sadler is out with inflammation in the shoulder.
Trends via Covers.com. Seattle is:
- 4-0 in the last four games against teams with a winning record.
- 6-1 in the last seven games against AL East.
- 10-4 in the last 14 games as an underdog.
New York is:
- 1-5 in the last six matches against a team with a winning record.
- 1-4 in the last five games as a road favorite.