Game time: 1:05 p.m. ET
Venue: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Where to watch: ROOTNW, YES
Mariners: 58-54 (3rd place, AL West)
Yankees: 61-49 (3rd place, AL East)
Abraham Toro (S) 2B
Mitch Haniger (R) RF
Ty France (R) 1B
Kyle Seager (L) 3B
Tom Murphy (R) C
Jake Fraley (L) LF
Luis Torrens (R) DH
Jarred Kelenic (L) CF
Dylan Moore (R) SS
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
Aaron Judge (R) DH
Joey Gallo (L) LF
Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
Rougned Odor (L) 3B
Brett Gardner (L) CF
Tyler Wade (L) SS
Rob Brantly (L) C
Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Yankees -160, Mariners +140; O/U 9.5
BetMGM: Yankees -155, Mariners +125
PointsBet: Yankees -165, Mariners +140
Mariners: Losers of four in a row
Yankees: Winners of five straight, eight of nine
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Mariners - Yankees Preview
Here come the New York Yankees.
All it took was hitting the refresh button following the trade deadline, and the Bronx Bombers find themselves back in the thick of things in the American League East.
The Yankees won for the seventh time in eighth games Friday night with a 3-2 walkoff win over the Seattle Mariners. Suddenly, the Yankees find themselves three games back of the Boston Red Sox for second place in the East, as well as a wild card spot in the American League.
The Yankees and Mariners wrap up their four-game set Sunday, as New York continues to chase the Tampa Bay Rays in the division standings.
But the Yankees have found new life since making the acquisitions of first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Joey Gallo to the middle of their lineup. Gallo hasn’t hit well since the move to New York (.161 batting average) but Rizzo has come as advertised; batting .321 with three home runs.
Manager Aaron Boone has his squad playing well at the right time, but there’s still some work to do if they want to contend in October. The Yankees need more outside of Gerrit Cole in the rotation, but they’ve acquired enough power to offset that.
The Mariners, despite losing three in a row entering Saturday, are still in AL West contention due to the Houston Astros falling apart recently. Seattle is only 7.5 games behind the Astros for first place, but have to deal with the Oakland Athletics’ recent surge, as well.
But Seattle’s problems, as have been from seasons’ past, have stemmed from inconsistency. The Mariners had a strong showing against the Rays last weekend, but have followed with three straight losses, including the Friday game that saw Brett Gardner deliver the walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th.
Once again, that inconsistency was on display Saturday. The Mariners jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second inning, but Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 4-3, and then a misplay in right field allowed Gleyber Torres to hit a triple. He came around to score after a ground-rule double from Kyle Higashioka, all of the bottom of the sixth.
The under has been heavy during this four-game series, but that hasn’t hurt the Yankees. After scoring 23 runs in two games against the Orioles, the Yankees won the first two games of the Seattle series by scoring a combined eight runs. The under is 8-1 in the Yanks’ last nine games against a team with a winning record, and 5-1 in the last six against the American League West.
The Yankees are playing great baseball right now. Even though they got off to a rocky start Saturday against Seattle, all signs point to them bouncing back strong on Sunday. Even though New York is a shocking 8-11 on Sunday, the better team should have the advantage here in this scenario.
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