The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners will conclude their three-game series Wednesday afternoon in Seattle. With that said, it’s a good time to check out our MLB odds series, which includes our Yankees-Mariners prediction and pick we have laid out below.
The New York Yankees are tied with Houston for the best record in the American League at 71-40. Although it is only August, the AL East is all but finished for New York, with a 10.5-game lead over Toronto. Still, there are kinks to work out, and the last two weeks have highlighted those.
The Seattle Mariners are one of the surprise teams this season, with a 60-52 record. Seattle is in second in the AL West, but holds the second spot in the AL Wild Card race. A young pitching staff and an exciting young lineup make this team an almost must-watch.
New York has struggled with inconsistency the last two weeks and has split the series with Seattle so far. Nestor Cortes, breakout All-Star, will take the mound in this one. Cortes is 9-3 with a 2.57 ERA, striking out 115 in 112 innings. In his last 16.1 innings, Cortes has allowed just four earned runs. Batters have hit just .198 combined against his fastball and cutter. Using multiple arm angles and a five-pitch mix, Cortes has confused batters all season. The Yankees’ bullpen is second in ERA with a sparkling 2.97 ERA and 391 strikeouts in 387.1 innings. Clay Holmes, despite his month-long struggles, still owns a 2.22 ERA and one of the nastiest pitches in the league. Aroldis Chapman has overcome his mid-season struggles and has not allowed a run in seven innings since July 22.