New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/1/14
Seattle Mariners (11-14) at New York Yankees (15-11)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Roenis Elias (L) (1-2) (3.54) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (R) (2-2) (5.276)
The Line: New York Yankees -150 / Seattle Mariners +140 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Northwest, YES
The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners take the field in game two of their series on Wednesday.
Baseball is a funny game as nothing always goes as planned with struggling teams beating the best teams. Seattle is just trying to reach the .500 mark and wasn't given much thought Tuesday aginst East leader New York but played a complete game in a 6-3 victory for their fourth win in five contests. Chris Young was solid over 5.2 frames with two runs scored to pick up the win. The bats were just as solid with a hefty 15 hits that saw Corey Hart lead the way with a pair of RBI's. Overall all but one player recorded at least one hit with five driving in runs and six scoring. Rookie Roenis Elias gets his 6th start when he faces the Yankees for the first time. Elias is 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA with 24 hits and 14 bases on balls allowed covering 28 innings pitched.
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The Yankees had won back to back contests before running in to a Seattle squad who has played well over the past week. The Mariners simply played better in all areas of their 6-3win as the Yankees couldn't hold an early 2-0 lead. CC Sabathia held the M's scoreless through four frames but was touched for four 5th inning runs which ended his night. The offense had a few chances to do some damage on eight hits and a trio of free passes but never got the big hit to break things open a bit. Mark Texeira did blast a solo homer and the Yanks did have a few runners on base in the 9th but mustered only one run. The Yankees send veteran Hiroki Kuroda to the bump hoping he can reverse his early struggles that have seen him go 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA covering five starts.
I don't know what we'll see from Elias with a small sample size and I can't pin down Kuroda who has been bad thus far. Probably a pass for me but with the line yet to be released I will dig deeper as we wait...