A key battle on the MLB betting odds menu sees the visiting New York Yankees dueling the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
Seattle has Taijuan Walker with a 4-7 mark on the year. New York counters with CC Sabathia, who will try to quiet the fans and the Mariners bats at the same time.
Betting records and Power Rankings
Prediction formulas pick a 4.8-4.6 win for the Mariners that bring a 67-57 record to the battle against the 63-61 Yankees. Get all the latest Betting Odds and Sport News updates on your social media outlets. Find us on both Facebook and Google+!
In a matter of just a month, the Yankees have completely changed their identity. They’ve embraced a new youth movement after selling off Carlos Beltran, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman and unceremoniously dumping Alex Rodriguez. But rather than racking up losses as the new kids adjust to the majors, the Yankees have gone 11-8 in August and are barely hanging on in the Wild Card race. It’s hard to believe they’ll be a playoff threat down the stretch but their success has given them a new hope for the near future.
NY Key Players
Jacoby Ellsbury – It’s hard to believe that Jacoby Ellsbury once hit 32 home runs with the Red Sox. The only other time he’s cracked double digits was his first year with the Yankees in 2014. His ISO has settled in around .100 and it’s hard to expect anything more now that he’s 32. But it’s not as though he’s unproductive at the plate. He’s pushed his strikeout rate back to his career norm and has managed to stay healthy all year. Still, an empty batting average only carries a batter so far, and it’s certainly not enough to provide $20 million in value.
Gary Sanchez – With the youth movement in full swing, the Yankees have turned to their power hitting catcher Gary Sanchez. In just 66 plate appearances, he’s already launched six home runs and has accumulated 1.3 fWAR—more than incumbent Brian McCann has accumulated all year. While he isn’t a plus defender behind the plate, he’s improved his framing numbers in the minors and should be at least an average receiver for the pitching staff. He’ll continue to take time away from McCann and see time at designated hitter when he’s not behind the plate.
On offense, it’s a battle between the Seattle Mariners and its No. 8-rated batting order, averaging 4.73 runs per nine innings, against the No. 23 line up of the New York Yankees at 4.15 runs per outing.
New York brings the No. 15-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Mariners’s No. 11-ranked defense.
The Yankees were saddled with a loss last time out in M Pineda’s start, as they lost 7-5 against Seattle on Monday at Safeco Field.
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