Ichiro Suzuki faced off with the only player in Seattle’s rotation that came remotely close to his popularity with the Mariners, and it was Felix Hernandez who prevailed. The best offensive team in the MLB was shut down in front of its fans, by a squad that places the emphasis on its pitching. Seattle will need a better offensive effort tonight to clinch the series, but they have what it takes to prevail.
Bet: Seattle Mariners
Odds: bet365 2.75
Iwakuma will get another chance to win a game against the Yankees and despite the fact that he failed to record a decision in his first attempt, the Japanese played very well. He limited the New Yorkers to just one run over five innings, but his teammates didn’t produce enough runs to offset this slight handicap. They have a decent chance against Freddy Garcia whose ERA of 5.10 is hardly one to intimidate even the less offensive teams.
A rookie vs a veteran starting pitcher
Each time they have the chance of witnessing such a duel, punters need to determine with pinpoint accuracy whether the vitality and enthusiasm of the young player will surpass the veteran’s experience. Iwakuma left his team in advantage after five innings the last time he faced the Yankees and since that encounter he split the four decision. What is a bit worrisome is the fact that his earned run average is above four, which means that his teammates need to score at least five runs to win the game.
This assumption is based on the fact that the starting pitcher lasts at least seven innings and that the relievers are not going to compromise the slim lead. Fortunately, the Mariners can trust their bullpen completely and if Iwakuma wins the duel with Garcia, Seattle will most likely grab the win. Freddy’s ERA is even worse but he used to be fairly dominant against the Mariners even when the west coast club had Ichiro in their roster. Old age doesn’t forgive anyone and Garcia is not very sharp this year, which confirms the fact that the starting pitcher is on an irreversible slide.
The Yankees are slight favorites tonight and it is the home pitch advantage that tips the scale in their favor, but they are by no means overwhelming favorites. Seattle proved capable of shutting down Jeter, Cano and Granderson and if Iwakuma lasts more than 6 innings, they can produce another major upset in New York. It is not hard to give Seattle some credit when Bet365 presents us with the opportunity of betting at odds of 2.75.