New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seattle Mariners (41-48) at New York Yankees (48-40)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Mike Montgomery (4-3) (2.29) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (5-3) (3.63)
The Line: New York Yankees -149 / Seattle Mariners +139 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Northwest, YES
The New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners face off on Friday at Yankee Stadium in MB action as they return from the All Star break.
The New York Yankees hit the break the leaders in the American League East with their biggest lead in the division in months. The Yankees are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 25-16 at home, and they have a 3.5 game lead over the Rays. As a team the Yankees are hitting .254 with Jacoby Ellsbury hitting .318, Brett Gardner hitting .302, Alex Rodriguez hitting .278. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.96 with the starters at 4.24 and the bullpen at 3.45. For game one against the Mariners the Yankees start Masahiro Tanaka who has allowed 56 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 67 over 67 innings for a 5-3 record and a 3.63 ERA.
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The Seattle Mariners had a disappointing first half of the season but they can still salvage the season with a strong second half. The Mariners are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 21-21 on the road, and they are 7.5 games behind the Angels in the AL West. As a team the Mariners are hitting .236 with Nelson Cruz hitting .308, Kyle Seager hitting .269, and Robinson Cano is hitting .251. As a team the Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 3.82 with the starters at 3.83 and the bullpen at 3.81. For game one in the Bronx the Mariners start Mike Montgomery who has allowed 42 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 34 over 55 innings for a 4-3 record and a 2.29 ERA.
New York is 4-1 in their last five games, 16-6 in their last 22 home games, and 4-1 in Tanaka’s last five starts as a home favorite. Seattle is 14-3 following a loss, Seattle is 11-5 as an underdog, and 4-0 in Montgomery’s last four starts following a team loss in their previous game. Seattle has lost their last six games against New York.
I like the way Montgomery has pitched and Tanaka has run hot and cold but the Yankees bats are better and Tanaka smoked the M’s in Seattle so my pick is New York.