The Yankees have made the trip further north to face the Seattle Mariners after taking two out of three versus the Dodgers. Each game not only felt different because it happened to be during Players’ Weekend, but because two of the best teams in MLB were going at it, possibly displaying a World Series preview. James Paxton and Domingo German both had fantastic games during the series, and now its time to continue the success against the Mariners.
J.A. Happ continues to look for a possible way to contribute to the Yankees starting rotation having given up 26 earned runs in 29 innings of work over his last six games. The ball doesn’t seem to stay in the park for the veteran southpaw, as he’s allowed 10 home runs in the same span as well. Considering the Yankees do not have any additional options going down the stretch, Happ will keep taking the mound looking for an adjustment to hopefully make him as productive as he was last season for the Yankees.
The Mariners counter with Matt Wisler as the opener, having not allowed an earned run in any of his opening appearances since taking on the role July 20th. It looks Wade LeBlanc, who was recently shifted to the bullpen, is the most likely “bulk reliever”, having not pitched since Wednesday the 21st. LeBlanc features a cutter, changeup, sinker, and curveball in his arsenal, though none have been as productive as the veteran would like. However, his changeup has a usage of about 30%, with a 30% whiff rate and an xwOBA of .296. Tommy Milone also stands a chance to follow Wisler.
Tonight’s game can be seen on YES, ESPN, or fubo tv, or heard on WFAN or WADO. First pitch will be at 10:10 PM EST. Lets go Yankees!