July 21 Prediction: Yankees vs Mariners, Can Moore Overthrow Sabathia?

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The New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners are set to have their second match in a four-game series at Safeco Field.

Yankees’ Luis Severino and Brett Gardner led their team to a 4-1 victory against the Mariners to start off their showdown. The Mariners were simply no match for the Yankees’ effective offense and defense; they were only able to score a run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Yankees slated CC Sabathia (3.54 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) on the mound to start against the Mariners’ Andrew Moore (5.25 ERA, 1.04 WHIP). Can the Mariners’ most advanced pitching prospect live up to general manager Jerry Dipoto’s expectations?

Pitchers

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CC Sabathia, Photo Credit: Fansided

Sabathia did very well, allowing only two hits and five walks across six shutout innings against the Boston Red Sox in his last game. The Yankees’ southpaw currently holds an 8-3 record and had struck out 66 batters in over 80 innings.

 

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Andrew Moore, Photo Credit: Vox-Cdn

Moore recently debuted as a Mariners’ pitcher in the MLB; he was called up from Triple-A Tacoma last month. The righty didn’t do so well in his last game; he conceded five runs and three homers in just three innings against the Chicago White Sox.  He currently holds a 1-1 record.

Batters

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Yankees’ best batter is currently Aaron Judge; he has an outstanding .312/.434/.642 line and a 1.079 OPS. He contributed 77 runs and 30 homers for his team so far. However, Judge has been receiving a great deal of walks lately; he was given eight walks in his last 10 games.

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Aaron Judge, Photo Credit: Cdn-S3

 

 

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While the Mariners have Nelson Cruz who had the most success against the Yankees’ starting pitcher. He holds two hits and 1 RBI with a .333/.333/.667 line in his most recent match against Sabathia. Plus, Cruz has been performing well with five runs and five dingers in his last 10 games.

 

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Nelson Cruz, Photo Credit: MLB

 

Prediction:

Things aren’t looking good for the Mariners; they slated a rookie pitcher against the Yankees’ top pitcher. The Yankees’ batting lineup wouldn’t make it any easier for Moore. However, it will be interesting if Moore can strike out some of the Yankees’ hard-hitting batters like Judge. But that’s easier said than done, especially if Moore lacks the experience to pitch against MLB’s finest.

Projected Winner: The Yankees

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