Don’t look now, but the Mariners stand out among the best teams in baseball. Seattle had a talented squad heading into the season, but they erupted following the Robinson Cano suspension. Scott Servais’ squad has gone 23 - 9 since losing the star second baseman. What can the Yankees expect when the M’s come to town?
Game One: Domingo German vs. Marco Gonzales
The starting role hasn’t exactly treated German kindly. On the one hand, he has plus stuff. The results, however, don’t usually follow. He owns a 5.23 ERA with a 4.18 FIP across 43 innings in the rotation. His last few starts looked promising, so maybe German can settle in and give the Yankees a chance against Gonzales. The 26-year-old southpaw owns a 3.42 ERA (3.20 FIP) over 79 innings. The Angels tagged him for three runs in five innings during his last start, so maybe the Bombers can do the same.
Game Two: Jonathan Loaisiga vs. Felix Hernandez
I’ll admit it. I didn’t have high hopes for Loaisiga’s debut on Friday night. He impressed though, tossing five shutout innings against the Rays. Johnny Lasagna’s stuff is for real. It can get big leaguers out. I’m curious to see how he holds up to Seattle’s potent offense. As for the Mariners, King Felix gets the nod. Hernandez has struggled terribly all year, pitching to the tune of a 5.44 ERA in 15 starts. His 4.67 FIP and 1.28 HR/9 are pretty scary for anyone, especially a pitcher of his caliber. Let’s hope he doesn’t remember he’s a Hall of Fame level pitcher this week.
Game Three: Luis Severino vs. James Paxton
This game is a good, old fashioned ace off. Severino cemented his status as one of the best pitchers in the American League this season. The right-hander has tossed 99 innings worth of 2.09 ERA (2.18 FIP) ball. During his last start, he struggled with location to start the game, but ended up pitching eight shutout innings. He’s a total stud. Paxton is no slouch either. The 29-year-old is the owner of a 3.44 ERA and a sparkly 2.88 FIP. The southpaw even has a no-hitter to his credit this season. The Red Sox roughed him up for six runs over 2.1 innings last week, but don’t consider that routine. He’s real good.
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