The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners hook up to conclude their weekend series, as Luis Cessa and Yovani Gallardo step up to the hump on Sunday. The Yankees are trying to make up for the regression they’ve faced over the last month. The Red Sox have assumed control of the division, while the Yankees are falling backwards.
Nevertheless, all of the media attention has been on the Yanks because of Aaron Judge. Judge appears to be the next grandiose thing in the Bronx, or at least it seems over the first few months of his career. Lost in Judge’s torrid pace has been the fact that the Yankees have coughed up the lead in the American League East.
The Red Sox are good at fluctuating between being a contender one year, and then missing out on the postseason the next. In 2017, they appear to be poised to be in a position to get back to the World Series. They’ve been in this yo-yo pattern for around a decade now, and you could say it’s better than being flat and dead for ten years.
A lot of young talent litters the Red Sox lineup, and they should be able to parlay it into years of success. David Ortiz retires, but there is still talent to be had which should be available for the foreseeable future. It took them a while to get the offense in motion, however, they’re there now. They just had to learn how to walk without Ortiz around the clubhouse.
But back to the Yankees and their season. They went on an eight-game winning streak in April as a coming out party of sorts, but a seven-game losing streak in June opened the door for the Red Sox. Judge is still killing the ball, including a shot that nearly left Safeco. However, there must be others stepping up to regain control of the division. They’ve gone 6-8 in their last 14 games. With Saturday night pending, the Red Sox are 3.5 up on the Yanks. Read on for our Yankees vs. Mariners pick below.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Caleb Smith (0-1, 6.00 ERA)* vs. Yovani Gallardo (4-7, 5.59 ERA)
The Yankees would be happy to upgrade from Cessa. He’s still a young guy, though, in only his second year at the major league level. In 9 starts in 2016, Cessa was adequate, posting a 4.35 ERA in 70.1 innings pitched. His numbers have seen a bump, but he’s been pitching in spot duty, with only four starts on the year and seven relief appearances. He’s been less than ideal on the road. His ERA stands at 6.57 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. *Pitching change: Caleb Smith replaces Cessa. Smith is a prospect making his second appearance this season and first start. Play still stands.
If you recall, Yovani Gallardo, was floated around as a prized possession as a Brewer. His time has come and gone, though. The Orioles only put up with him for a year, as he shouldered a 5.42 ERA in 23 starts. He’s had similar numbers in 2017, with a 5.59 ERA. Somewhat perplexing is how bad his numbers have been in Seattle at a pitcher’s friendly ballpark. He’s been shaky at Safeco, with a 6.08 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Further, Gallardo has had a less than ideal career versus this current Yankee lineup. The Yankees have hit him for a .313 BA in 208 at-bats. This series has a history of being low-scoring, but I think the bats are going to come out to play in Seattle for this one.
PICK: OVER 9.5 (-110)