It doesn’t matter how good any team is, beating another team 3 or 4 times in a row is never an easy task. This is especially true in baseball, where those games come on consecutive nights. Even when there is a huge gap in talent, the lesser team can very often find a way to pull out a win and avoid the sweep. It’s why, as bettors, we should always be looking for that one game in a series where the underdog might be able to defy the odds and come away with the win.
That gets a little trickier when you have two teams going head to head in a series, as each game can often become a bit of a coin flip. The Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees will close out a 4-game series in the Big Apple on Thursday night, with the home team looking to secure the series win, while the Mariners look to get out of Dodge with a split. The Yankees will start this game as a 1 ½ run favorite, with the run total set at 9.
Mariners vs Yankees MLB Odds, Game Preview & Prediction
- When: Thursday, May 9 at 6:35 PM EST
- Where: Yankee Stadium, NYC
- Starting Pitchers: Leake vs. Happ
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: WFAN
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: NY Yankees -170 (Total 9.5)
Why bet on the Seattle Mariners?After losing the opening 2 games in this series, the Mariners could have easily fallen apart, especially given their recent form, but they bounced back nicely with a brilliant 10-1 win on Wednesday night. While it was certainly great for Seattle to get back in the win column, no-one there will be getting too carried away.
After all, they are still just 2-8 in their last 10 games, a run that has dropped them to 20-19 on the season, 3 games back of the Houston Astros for the lead in the AL West. Winning back to back games in New York is never easy, but the Mariners have gone 13-8 on the road this season. They are also a stellar 9-3 ATS as a road dog. Seattle will send Mike Leake (2-3, 4.91 ERA) to the mound for this one.
- Runs: 5.67
- Hits: 8.69
- Walks: 3.97
- Strike Outs: 9.90
- Runs: 5.31
- Hits: 9.13
- Walks: 3.03
- Strike Outs: 8.05
Why bet on the New York Yankees?With wins in the opening two games of this series, the Yankees probably have their eyes firmly set on the sweep. That is not going to happen now, but the Yankees still have a shot at taking 3 of 4 from a very good opponent. The Yankees are now sitting at 21-15 on the season and remain 2 games back of the Tampa Bay Rays in the race for the top spot in the AL East.
After a very hot run of form, New York have cooled off a little, although they are still 6-4 in their last 10 games. They are now 3 games above .500 at 12-9 on the season at home, but they are just 9-11 ATS as a home favorite. They are 7-1 SU in their last 8 meetings with the Mariners in NYC. It will be J.A. Happ (1-3, 4.93 ERA) who gets the start.
- Runs: 5.11
- Hits: 8.47
- Walks: 3.81
- Strike Outs: 8.50
- Runs: 4.22
- Hits: 7.72
- Walks: 3.42
- Strike Outs: 9.36
Mariners vs Yankees MLB Betting Trends
- Mariners are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games against NY Yankees
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 5 games on the road
- Yankees are 13-5 SU in their last 18 games
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of NY Yankees’ last 14 games
- Mariners are 109-92 against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons
- Yankees are 160-135 against the money line in home games in May games since 1997
- Leake is 0-2 when starting against NY YANKEES with an ERA of 5.54 and a WHIP of 1.231
- Happ is 4-2 when starting against SEATTLE with an ERA of 5.06 and a WHIP of 1.527
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Mariners vs YankeesI think we are in for an entertaining game in the final game of this series, but I think it will be the Yankees who edge the win in a high-scoring affair.
Score: Seattle Mariners 5 – New York Yankees 6