Tonight’s game will be the first contest of a 10-game west coast trip that will go from Seattle, to Oakland and then to Anaheim.
The last time the Yankees faced the Seattle Mariners they lost two out of three games in the middle of May. The shocking part about that series loss is that the only game that the Yankees won was the game that Marines ace, Felix Hernandez, was pitching.
The Yankees have gone 9-9 since that series loss to the Mariners at Yankees Stadium. However, before this upcoming series in Seattle, the Yankees swept the Indians in The Bronx.
Seattle is coming into the series having lost three out of their last five games. They have allowed four runs or more in four of their last five games coming into this series. Since the Mariners have a 26-34 record, and are tied for third place with the Angels in the AL West, the Yankees need to take advantage of facing an inferior opponent. It will not be a successful series unless they can win three or four games.
Another reason that the Yankees should be able to win the series is that they are facing pitchers, besides King Felix, who are on the downside of their careers. The first three starters that they will face have had success (especially Harang and Saunders) with the Reds, Tigers, and Angels, but they are all struggling this season.
The offensive star so far for the Mariners has been Kendrys Morales. He has a .307 average, eight homers and 35 RBI. In 31 games, he has a .330 career average against Yankee pitching, so the Yankees will want to pitch around him at times.
In injury related news, it was announced that Derek Jeter is set to have his injured left ankle examined by Dr. Robert Anderson next week. After being examined, he will hopefully be able to increase his baseball activities.
Since CC Sabathia pitched in the final game against Cleveland, he will miss this series. Here are the pitching matchups for the series in The Emerald City.
Tonight at 10:10 p.m EST.
Phil Hughes (2-4, 5.27 ERA) vs. RHP Aaron Harang (2-5, 5.82 ERA)
Friday at 10:10 p.m. EST.
Hiroki Kuroda (6-4, 2.59 ERA) vs. RHP Jeremy Bonderman (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
Saturday at 4:10 p.m. EST.
Andy Pettitte (4-3, 4.17 ERA) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (4-5, 5.20 ERA)
Sunday at 4:10 p.m. EST.
David Phelps (4-3, 4.15 ERA vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (7-4, 2.58 ERA)