Wednesday MLB Betting Preview – Mariners at Yankees

The Mariners send out another ace in trying to pick up a road series victory over the Yankees.

Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees

Seattle claimed a 7-4 road victory in the series opener over the New York Yankees, as stating pitcher Cliff Lee tallied his third straight complete game.  “It obviously is a very good lineup,” Lee said.  “They are the defending world champions and some additions make them that much better.”  The Mariners have won eight of their last 11 games, while looking to pick up a road series victory for the first time since April.  The club is looking to finish the month with a winning record, standing at 13-12 in June.

Mariners SP Felix Hernandez is an even 5-5 with a 3.28 ERA in 16 starts this season.  The right-hander has compiled a 1-2 record and 3.36 ERA in eight road starts, with the team posting a 1-5 mark in his last six away from Safeco Field.  He has gone the distant in his last two outings, surrendering just three earned runs and 10 hits while striking out 17 and walking two.  Hernandez has a 2-3 record and 4.59 ERA in five starts against the Bronx Bombers.  Tonight will be his first start in the new stadium located in the Bronx, after producing a 1-1 record and 4.97 ERA in two starts at the old Yankee Stadium.

New York comes in with a slim one-game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the AL Eastern division, but the club has still proven victorious in six of nine games.  The Yankees are still an imposing 25-11 at home this season, which is the second-best home record in baseball.  Since the 2009 All-Star break, the Bronx Bombers are 56-19 in regular season home games.  The club is also tied for the top mark in the baseball in scoring 6.20 runs per game at home.  The lineup has been receiving a recent boost by star first baseman Mark Teixeira, as the switch-hitter extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Tuesday.  New York has still won 19 of its last 26 home games versus Seattle since the 2004 season.

Yankees SP Javier Vazquez is an even 6-6 with a 5.16 ERA in 14 appearances (13 starts) this season.  The right-hander managed to strikeout just a single batter in his last start, allowing four earned runs and six hits in five innings in a no-decision effort on the road in Arizona.  He is 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA in six outings (five starts) at Yankee Stadium, giving up six home runs in 29.2 innings.  Vazquez will be making his sixth career start against the Mariners, going 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA.  After hitting some road blocks in the first two months of the season, he has tallied a solid 3-1 record and 3.00 ERA in five June starts.

Bettors may get brave and back the Mariners after picking up a win in the first game of the series.  Seattle is 8-2 in Hernandez’s last 10 starts against the AL East division.  This could prove to be a dangerous endeavour with the Yankees checking in with a 43-11 record in their last 54 home games against right-handed starters.

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