New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seattle Mariners (4-6) at New York Yankees (4-5)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Felix Hernandez (0-1) (0.69) vs. C Sabathia (1-0) (4.50)
The Line: New York Yankees +112 / Seattle Mariners -122 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLBN, YES, RTNW
The MLB is bringing us an early-afternoon matchup on Saturday between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
This will be game two of the weekend series. In game one on Friday, the Mariners flexed their muscle with a 7-1 victory. New York carried a 1-0 edge into the fourth inning, and Seattle peppered in the runs from there on 12 total hits.
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For Saturday’s game, the Mariners will be bringing out right-hander Felix Hernandez. In his two starts thus far, Hernandez has pitched very well, striking out 16 over 13 innings with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. Unfortunately, however, Hernandez hasn’t gotten much run support and has yet to win a game.
The Mariners lineup has been somewhat underwhelming thus far. Norichika Aoki has logged 10 hits on the season, but just three runs and one RBI. Aoki went 0-for-4 in Friday’s game. As for the face of the team, Robinson Cano, he’s got five homers and nine RBI but has just nine hits and a tepid BA (.214) in 2016.
Over on the Yankees side, they’ll be giving us a dose of CC Sabathia for Saturday’s game two. Sabathia has one appearance to his credit so far this year, picking up a quality start on Saturday with three runs on four hits over six innings. Although he’s not quite the ace he has been in recent years, Sabathia still has the talent to work with his diminished velocity.
The Yankees hitters have had some up-and-down moments this season. Brian McCann has 10 hits and 10 runs with a pair of homers, but went 0-for-4 in the opener. Starlin Castro has also played pretty well for New York, with 10 hits and nine RBI. Mark Teixeira has given us a hint of his potential 2016 power on three homers and eight RBI. Teixeira came up empty (0-for-4) in the Yankees’ game one loss.
The Mariners are just 1-7 in their last eight games against a left-handed starter, and 0-4 in their last four Saturday games. As for New York, they’re 4-1 in Sabathia’s last five starts but 5-12 in their last 17 overall.
I’m not sure I quite trust Sabathia just yet, so I’m going to pick Felix Hernandez and the Mariners here. Provided Seattle can give some run support, Hernandez shouldn’t have much trouble controlling the game.