The New York Yankees breezed past the Seattle Mariners in relatively simple fashion Tuesday night. Masahiro Tanaka and the offense compiled an impressive effort against the Mariners. They got started with 5 runs in the first three innings and then Tanaka took care of the rest. Tanaka went 7 strong innings with just 3 hits allowed and no runs on the board for Seattle.
His strong outing saves the Yankee bullpen for Wednesday. Conversely, fellow countryman, Yusei Kikuchi was hit for 8 hits and 5 earned runs in 4 innings. Kikuchi has been a major disappointment for the Mariners in his first season in the majors. Maybe he settles in next season after a year under his belt in the US.
The Yankees struggled to put away the Mariners on Monday. They got it done, though, with a 5-4 victory. Last night was easier on the Yankees, as they didn’t have to break much of a sweat to blow the Mariners out. For a team with the talent like the Yankees, that’s probably how it should be against the lowly Mariners. With the win, the Yankees advanced to 87-47 on the season. The AL East is crown is almost official for them.
There is still something to play for, though. The AL East is all theirs, but the AL is still up for grabs. Earlier in the night, the Astros were big winners by a score of 15-1 over the Rays to get into a tie with the Yankees. That was short lived following the 7-0 win for the Yanks a couple of hours later.
The Yankees will look for the series sweep Wednesday afternoon in Seattle. James Paxton is expected to start for the Yanks, while rookie Justus Sheffield, not related to Gary by the way, is scheduled for the Mariners. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Mariners pick.
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The Yankees are expecting better things out of James Paxton down the stretch. The former Mariner, who spent six years in Seattle, has been okay for the Yankees. However, they didn’t sign Paxton just to be okay. In his final two seasons with the Mariners, Paxton posted a 2.98 ERA and 3.76 ERA, which also included a no-hitter against the Blue Jays. Paxton will finish with the worst ERA of his career this season.
There just aren’t enough starts left to get his ERA below 3.90 at this point. In any event, Paxton can still be a major contributor down the stretch. Ever since getting bombed by the Red Sox at Fenway, he’s been showing signs of improvement.
Paxton has allowed 3 or less runs in four of his last five outings. In his most impressive showing, Paxton shutdown a dangerous Dodgers’ offense on the road at Dodger Stadium in his most recent outing. He allowed 2 earned runs and struck out 11 to tie a season-high. The Yankees went on for a big 10-2 win in that contest.
Justus Sheffield is going to have to be careful against the Yankees this afternoon. They’ve been tattooing lefties, with a .274 batting average in 2019. In their last ten games, the Yanks hit .283 against left-handed pitching. Conversely, the Mariners hit just .186 against lefties, which benefits Paxton in this spot.
Sheffield is a former Yankee, who saw three appearances out of the bullpen last season. He didn’t take advantage of the opportunity and was belted for an ERA of 10.12 in 2.2 innings. Sheffield has appeared as a reliever and starter with the Mariners thus far.
He was shaky with a 6.43 ERA, 2.29 WHIP, and .444 OBA. Sheffield yielded 7 hits, 3 walks, and 3 earned runs in his only outing, which came against the Jays. He unlikely doesn’t do enough to prevent a Yankees’ sweep on Wednesday. Ride the Yankees behind Paxton in this one.