Back some years ago this would have been one heck of a pitching matchup. Felix Hernandez against CC Sabathia? Whoa. Two of the best in the game. In 2016 Felix is continuing to pitch at an extremely high level, positioning himself to be one of the best this season. Sabathia hasn’t aged as well. He is trying to reinvent himself after a few dreadful years. The Yankees haven’t given up on him and are hoping they can find some value in him. I’m not saying it’s the question of his weight, but it is interesting how ever since he lost a ton of weight he hasn’t looked the same. If I recall he said back then that he just wanted to get healthier and live a better lifestyle. Remember when Tim Lincecum said he was giving up hording fast food? He fell apart soon after, too. If you’re not familiar with how he used to eat, look it up and prepare for your mind to be blown.
Back to Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. The Mariners have slipped to 3-6, in a season they wish to prove that last season was a fluke. Seattle signed Robinson Cano and Austin Jackson prior to last season, hoping it wouldn’t provide an immediate boost to their lackluster offense. Jackson is with the White Sox now, and hasn’t looked the same since the Tigers traded him away to Seattle. The fact still remains with the Mainers. They have King Felix to get excited about, and not much else. Cano hasn’t lived up to his contract, hitting .189 thus far in 2016, after a .287 batting average with 21 home runs. Cano does have 5 dingers to his credit already, though. Sabathia will try and turn back the clocks today, as he looks to bring the Yankees a win after a 3-2 defeat on Friday.
Seattle Mariners vs. N.Y. Yankees
Felix Hernandez (0-1, 0.69 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
A 0.69 ERA, yet a 0-1 record, hm. Could those numbers possibly belong to Felix Hernandez? He is used to it by now, pitching flawlessly and having nothing to show for it, other than some nice stats for himself. Here is a guy who could have had multiple World Series rings if he was with a decent team. There are a lot of teams out there, where Hernandez would have put them over the top. Nevertheless, they pay well in Seattle, and Hernandez has carved out a nice career playing for nothing in the last decade. In his first start this season, Hernandez was great against the Rangers. He allowed just 1 hit over 6 innings, finishing with 1 earned run, but no win. Against the Athletics he was great as well, with no runs allowed and 3 hits over 7 innings, but no win. Will Felix catch a win this afternoon against the Yankees?
CC has been hit, but he hasn’t been roughed up to the point of thinking he isn’t going to be able to escape April in the starting rotation. The Yankees are simply hoping for a serviceable starter who doesn’t go off the rails every start. Although, I think he will have those kind of starts perk up here and there. CC comes into Saturday with a 4.50 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, not terrible but not good either. I think the Yanks understand that he’s never going to be his former-self. On a short price against Sabathia, I’m going to have to ride King Felix. The Yankees’ offense has scored just 2 runs per game in their last three games, I think their offensive woes continue today against one of the best pitchers of all time.
PICK: MARINERS TO WIN -125