May 27, 2011

Yankees-Mariners Series Preview: On to the West Coast

The Yankees have won seven of their last nine, but the West Coast has a few road blocks in place in their upcoming nine-game road trip. The Mariners have some young guns lined up that might stump the suddenly hot Yankees offense, but, like usual, Seattle won’t lift a finger on offense. The M’s rank last in the AL in team batting average.

On the Hill:
Friday: A.J. Burnett (5-3, 4.02) vs. Michael Pineda (6-2, 2.16)
Saturday: Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.29) vs. Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.01)
Sunday: CC Sabathia (5-3, 3.17) vs. Jason Vargas (3-2, 3.86)

Players to Watch:
Alex Rodriguez: Watch out for A-Rod against his former team. He doesn’t have a great history in Safeco Field (.267/.380/.509), but he’s hot right now (.346/.358/.558 in the last 14 days).

Michael Pineda: He’s my favorite for Rookie of the Year at this point. He’ll be worth staying up for tonight.

Good pitching beats good hitting any day. The Mariners will take the first two, but then fall in the finale.

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