June 2nd 2014 - Posted at 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Take Seattle Mariners on the Money Line (-125) against NY Yankees risking 2%
(Hernandez and Phelps must start)
The Mariners have been a quiet team in the past. They have never been overly flashy in anything that they do. You simply don't hear a lot about them in the media, they seem to just be tucked away in the Pacific Northwest. They are a .500 team with not a lot of eyes on them but they are putting up some pretty impressive numbers and showed their ambition this past off-season acquiring Robinson Cano! Seattle may currently be a .500 team but they have a good roster and have been solid on the road this season. The Mariners' offense is averaging just under 5 runs per game on the road and are one of the few teams whose offense, at least thus far has fared better away from home!
On the other side you have the New York Yankees, one of the biggest and most popular teams in the whole sports world! The Yankees name has been synonymous with success over the years and expectations of this team are always high, which is often times reflected in the odds set. We feel that this is one of those cases. One of the major bright spots on this Seattle roster is their ace Felix Hernandez. 'King Felix' as known by many is a truly elite pitcher and one of the very best in the league. He is having another great season and has won 6 straight starts and gone at least 8 innings in his last 3! Almost every game that he starts he gives the Mariners their best chance to succeed. In his career, Hernandez has amassed a 4-1 record and a 1.18 ERA in six career starts at the Yankee stadium! To get a pitcher of his calibre at such a low price presents value.
The Yankees will start David Phelps. Although Phelps has proven to be a good pitcher in his own right at home, he is simply outclassed on the mound tonight. Phelps has struggled in his last couple of starts as well and lowered his confidence. With the Mariners offense clicking on the road, it could be a long night if Phelps doesn't start well. The New Yorkers will also be without two of their big bats as Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran are currently injured.
The Mariners have been a team that has shown that good pitching can beat good hitting more often than not. They displayed that in their most recent series when they managed to take 2 out of 3 games from Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers! In the battle of the bullpens, Seattle may not need much if Hernandez continues his quality starts, however if they do, they will be the fresher of the two since Roenis Elias pitched a complete game yesterday! Meanwhile, Yankees closer David Robertson had the worst outing of his career as he not only gave up a game-tying home run on his very first pitch but he then went on to give up 5 more runs leading to a 7-2 loss in what was originally a save situation! Robertson's confidence may well be a bit shaken and as if replacing the legendary Mariano Rivera wasn't already difficult enough, it may feel an even heavier burden on his shoulders now. The Mariners have the momentum and a real opportunity to show the watching world just how ambitious they are this season!
Other notable facts to consider:
- Felix Hernandez is 7-1 this season having struck out 83 batters!
- Yankees have lost 9 of their last 13 home games.
- Mariners have already beaten the Yankees twice this season.
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