The Yankees (71-43) open their 10-game road trip with seven on the west coast, starting with the Mariners (60-54) tonight and ending with the Red Sox.
The Yankees took two of three from Seattle in the Bronx in late June/early July. After this four-game series, the Yankees visit the Mariners once again in mid-September.
|Date:||Yankees starters||Mariners starters|
|10:10 p.m., Thur.||CC Sabathia (12-7, 3.76)||Ian Snell (2-8, 5.42)|
|10:10 p.m., Fri.||Andy Pettitte (9-6, 4.14)||Rowland-Smith (2-1, 3.86)|
|10:10 p.m., Sat.||Sergio Mitre (1-1, 7.04)||Lucas French (2-2, 4.31)|
|4:10 p.m., Sun.||Chad Gaudin (5-10, 5.03)||Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00)|
Pettitte has been the man lately, but the Yankees never give him any support. Rowland-Smith has been good this season, but only in five starts.
Mitre may have had his best start for the Yankees last time, but it still wasn’t great. French was the guy on the Tigers traded for Jarrod Washburn, so it’s apparent the Mariners really like this guy.
Gaudin, not Joba Chamberlain, gets the nod on Sunday. Fister pitched six shutout innings against the White Sox in his last start, but with no run support, there can be no win.
This series is a part of a tough stretch, but the Yankees are the best team in baseball. It has really been a pleasure following them this year. The Yanks should be able to win the series, even without Joba on Sunday.