MLB Picks: Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees

The Seattle Mariners (18-20) and New York Yankees (24-14) will open up a three-game American League series Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees 

Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez is 8-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 14 career appearances versus the New York Yankees
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez is 8-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 14 career appearances versus the New York Yankees

Seattle has won three of its last four games, including a 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics as +110 home underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Mariners were 3-6 against the Yankees last season, but two of their victories came with Tuesday’s scheduled starter on the mound.  Seattle is 15-25 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 the last two-plus seasons, with no clear edge in the betting total (19-19-2 Over/Under).

Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (5-2, 1.53 ERA) has won four consecutive outings, including a 2-1 road win over the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out, as he allowed one run and six hits over eight innings of work.  The right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.25 ERA in five road starts, with opposing hitters batting just .198 against him, while issuing just five walks and striking out 32 batters in 36 combined frames.  In 14 career appearances versus the Yankees, Hernandez has compiled a 8-5 record and 3.08 ERA.

New York returns home from a 6-2 road trip, which came to a close by splitting a doubleheader with the Cleveland Indians Monday afternoon—picking up a 7-0 victory as +112 underdogs in the finale.  “This is a great road trip for us,” commented Yankees manager Joe Girardi.  The Yankees could receive an offensive boost at some point in this series, with outfielder Curtis Granderson working his way back from a fractured right forearm that he suffered during Spring Training.  New York is 3-4 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 5-2 in that situation.

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.23 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last four outings, as he didn’t earn a decision in a 3-1 road victory over the Colorado Rockies last time out, allowing one run over four innings.  The left-hander is 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA in five home starts, with opposing batters hitting .281 against him.  In 20 career games versus the Mariners, Sabathia has tallied a 12-4 record and 2.46 ERA, including a 4-3 mark and 2.93 ERA in nine home starts.

Sports bettors will likely back the Mariners due to their 5-0 record in their last five games versus southpaw starters.

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