The Mariners come in playing pretty good ball. Jesus Montero and John Jaso have covered for Miguel Olivo very well, and Kyle Seager has been playing out of his mind. Justin Smoak’s head is being called for like the Mariners fanbase is collectively the queen of diamonds from Alice in Wonderland, and Felix Hernandez is well, Felix Hernandez.
The Mariners face a Yankees team that is probably better than their record indicates, but also in something of a state of disarray. Michael Pineda, who was traded to the Mariners for Jesus Montero is on the shelf for the season with a shoulder injury, and the team has taken former Mariner Freddy Garcia out of their rotation, and essentially replaced him with former baseball player, now current baseball player Andy Pettitte. Pettitte’s story is an interesting one, but at least we know that Roger Clemens didn’t do steroids.
Also, Mariano Rivera is out for the year. If the Mariners are losing going into the ninth inning they’ll be likely to face either Rafael Soriano or the presently inconsistent David Robertson
RHP Felix Hernandez (3.11 xFIP in 52.1 IP) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4.16 xFIP in 36.0 IP)
RHP Hector Noesi (5.26 xFIP in 30.0 IP) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (4.19 xFIP in 28.1 IP)
*RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (2.63 xFIP in 8.0 IP) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (Hasn’t pitched since 2010)
*Projected in Blake Beavan’s place.