The 2015 Major League Baseball season continues on Wednesday with a 16 game schedule getting underway at 1:35 pm ET. The first game to get underway is the first place Minnesota Twins taking on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. This is an interesting matchup that features the veteran Phil Hughes going up against the rookie Eduardo Rodriguez.
While that matchup has us intrigued the matchup we are set to watch is the New York Yankees taking on the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Entering Wednesday’s contest the Yankees sit atop the American League East while the Mariners have struggled to play themselves into the top of the West despite being an early favorite to win the division.
Starting pitchers: The Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound while the Mariners will counter him with Taijuan Walker. For Yankees fans this is an important game as Tanaka will make his first start since April 23rd. Prior to hitting the disabled list, Tanaka had pitched to a 3.22 earned run average with a 2-1 record in that stretch.
For the Mariners this is also an important contest as the organization had high hopes for Walker entering the season. Unfortuantly, Walker has struggled for most of the season pitching to a 6.18 earned run average with a 2-5 record. That being said the Mariners will be looking forward to seeing if he can build on his strong eight inning outing in his last start in which he allowed zero earned runs while striking out eight.
Hitters to watch: This matchup features a few key hitters in the American League including the current home run leader Nelson Cruz. Cruz who signed a multiyear contract with the Mariners during the offseason has gotten off to another hot start after finishing 2014 leading all hitters in baseball in home runs.
Cruz has hit .333 through his first 52 games this with 18 home runs and 38 runs driven in. For the Yankees a few of the key hitters include first baseman Mark Teixeira, third base Alex Rodriguez and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Teixeira currently leads the club with 15 home runs and 39 runs driven in.
Matchup trends: Now as we start to look at this contest from a betting angle each of these teams could come away with the win on Wednesday. It will simply come down to how well the two starters perform on the mound in one of the more friendly pitchers ball parks in baseball.
Looking at the Yankees they have played to a 9-3 record with Tanaka on the mound in their last 12 road starts while they are 16-6 overall with their ace on the mound. The team however has struggled against the American League West going just 3-9 in their last 12 as well as just a 2-5 record in game three of a series this season.