The New York Yankees will go for the sweep in Seattle on Sunday, as they look to deliver a knockout punch to the Mariners. The Mariners are looking down and out, with a 7.5-game deficit for the final wildcard in the American League. They are essentially in the same position the Athletics were a few months ago. It looked like the M’s were going to finally go the postseason, and Felix Hernandez was going to have his chance to play October baseball.
That’s not going to be the case and if it wasn’t bad enough, they’re facing a sweep against the Yankees on Sunday. If the Mariners weren’t out of it before the weekend started, they are without a doubt too far behind the marker now. The A’s made sure that they were going to give that lead up. While things look clear in the American League, the situation is a little foggier in the National League.
The Yankees will be going to the postseason as a wildcard, the only thing with them is that the A’s, or Astros if the Athletics catch them, could steal homefield. Yankee Stadium sounds a whole lot friendlier than having to travel out west to Oakland. As it stands now, the Yankees and Athletics will be playing at Yankee Stadium in the play-in game.
That would be a tough pick to make, but with the dicey pitching situation for the Yankees, it might be worth taking a shot on the Athletics if they had an attractive price. With Severino not pitching like an ace, the Yankees may have to look to Happ or Tanaka to get the call. Sabathia will get the start for the Yankees this afternoon in Seattle. He’s been tailing off as well for the Bronx Bombers. If they do win as a wildcard in the first-round, there are going to continue to be questions regarding their rotation. The Mariners will counter with Erasmo Ramirez. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Mariners pick on Sunday afternoon in Seattle.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
C.C. Sabathia (7-6, 3.54 ERA) vs. Erasmo Ramirez (2-3, 5.56 ERA)
The pitching has been a recurring problem for the Yankees this season. However, it hasn’t reared its ugly head this weekend in Seattle, at least not yet. They blanked the Mariners by a score of 4-0 on Friday, and then won a similar game Saturday, 4-2. Sabathia hopes to keep it rolling for the Yankees’ starters, but he hasn’t been in a groove recently. He enters with an ERA of 5.28 and 1.50 WHIP in his last three starts.
Sabathia has done an excellent job saving his career after a bad stretch from 2013 to 2015, but the Yankees have to be keeping their fingers crossed that he can be better than he’s been the past few starts. The A’s hammered him for 7 hits and 4 earned runs in 3.1 innings in his most recent outing in Oakland. The road hasn’t been favorable for him, as he has posted an ERA of 4.62 and 1.44 WHIP compared to a 2.61 ERA and 1.19 WHIP at home. A lot of pitchers don’t care for pitching at Yankee Stadium, but it’s been rather comfortable for Sabathia.
Erasmo Ramirez has had similar fortunes recently, with an ERA of 5.65 and 1.33 WHIP in his last three outings. Pretty similar to how his season has done, actually, it’s exactly how his season has gone so he can say he’s consistent at least. Ramirez has an overall ERA of 5.65 and 1.32 WHIP. His numbers look great at home, but he’s only made two outings at home for 10.1 innings. Not the best sample size to judge him by in that respect. I think the offenses come out to play on Sunday. After getting handled by Lance Lynn and Tanaka, the Mariners should be able to wake up against Sabathia. However, look for Ramirez to run into issues against the 2nd best offense in baseball. This one likely sees enough offensive production to get to 9 runs.