August 20, 2010

Mariners-Yankees series preview

Hopefully Felix Hernandez won’t steal too much wind out of the Yankees sails tonight, as he brings his high-nineties fastball and leads the Mariners into Yankee Stadium for a three-game series.

The Mariners have been a major disappointment this year, but, of course, they are cruising lately, winning seven of their last 10 games.

The Yankees are clinging to a one-game lead over the Rays, and are doing so despite an 8-10 August thus far.

Head to Head:
The Yankees are leading the season-series 4-3 and this is the last time they’ll face the Mariners this year. Consider yourself warned: King Felix has thrown two complete games in two tries against the Yanks this year. In those starts he struck out 20 Yanks and allowed one run, a solo shot to Nick Swisher.

Pitching Matchups:

Date: Mariners starters Yankees starters
Fri., 7:05 p.m. F. Hernandez (8-10, 2.62) A.J. Burnett (9-10, 4.66)
Sat., 1:05 p.m. Jason Vargas (9-5, 3.15) J. Vazquez (9-9, 4.89)
Sun., 1:05 p.m. Luke French (2-3, 4.02) CC Sabathia (16-5, 3.12)

Lineup Notes: Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup tonight after missing the last three games against the Tigers due to a minor calf injury.

Surprisingly, Brett Gardner is hitting leadoff again despite A-Rod’s return. He has seemed a little more comfortable there the past few games and it took him out of his funk.

I was dead on with my call last series, so let’s see if I can come through again. Tonight will be a challenge, obviously (I just benched Burnett on my fantasy team), and I don’t like Vazquez’s chances tomorrow either. That leaves one small victory for the big man on Sunday.

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