New York Yankees (87-53) at Seattle Mariners (78-62)
|Date & Time||Friday September 7, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Mariners -115 / New York Yankees +105 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners will be kicking off their weekend MLB series with a Friday game at Safeco Field.
The Yankees are currently sitting at 87-53 overall and 39-29 away from Yankee Stadium. New York is just 4-6 in their last 10 games overall and have all but lost the division by being 9.5 games out at this point.
The Yanks will be sending out RHP Masahiro Tanaka on Friday. Across his 134.0 innings and 10-5 mark this year, Tanaka has a 3.83 ERA with 134 Ks and 32 BBs.
Giancarlo Stanton is the leading hitter for the Yanks this season with 146 hits, 87 runs, 33 homers and 84 RBI. He’s tied with the youngster Miguel Andujar in knocks. Andujar has 146 hits, 74 runs, 23 homers and 76 RBI and has been invaluable to New York this season.
As for the Mariners, they’re 78-62 on the season and 40-29 at Safeco. Seattle is pretty much finished in the Wild Card race and also 4-6 in their last 10 overall.
Seattle will be going with lefty James Paxton on Friday. In his 144.1 innings and 11-5 record this season, Paxton has a 3.74 ERA with 186 Ks and 41 BBs.
Jean Segura leads the Seattle offense on 164 hits, 82 runs and 60 RBI. In second is Mitch Haniger, with 144 hits, 74 runs, 24 homers and 85 RBI.
The Yankees are 9-3 in the last 12 road games and 9-3 in their last 12 versus the AL West. New York is also 4-1 in Tanaka’s last five starts in game one of a series and 9-4 in his last 13 road starts.
Meanwhile, the Mariners are 4-1 in their last five in game one of a series and 1-4 in their last five following an off day. Seattle is 7-0 in Paxton’s last seven starts in game one of a series and 5-1 in his last six Friday starts.
Tanaka has pitched pretty well over his last four games; three of those were quality starts but he tallied a W in just one of them thanks to the Yankees suddenly anemic offense. As for Paxton, he’s given up eight earned over his last three starts in a span of 11.0 innings. Because the line looks good, I am tentatively going New York here (due mostly to the fact that the offense should get a kick in the pants from the return of Didi Gregorius), but realistically staying far away from anything Yankees right now. New York’s offense is beat up and their pitchers (not to mention their defense) aren’t performing up to the standards of a playoff team. Really this game—and entire series—look like a coin flip.