Game 126, Yankees at Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Masahiro Tanaka, 12:40pm
Whoa, early one today, and a great match-up of former teammates. If Kuma pitches 5 innings today, he’ll earn his 2017 guarantee.
Tanaka’s having a good year, with a reduction in HRs allowed driving improvements in FIP and ERA alike. I’m not sure how he’s viewed in New York – if he was seen as a potential ace, or just a better-than-average #2-#3 starter, but he’s been remarkably consistent. His walk rate is still miniscule, and while his K rate’s dropped a bit, it’s still right in line with his 2015 marks. While his injury scares may have sapped a bit of his raw stuff, he’s been fairly durable *after* it looked like TJ surgery was imminent. Like Kuma, Tanaka’s command and splitter help him avoid problems with left-handed bats. In Tanaka’s MLB career, lefties have hit a touch worse than righties against him – just as they have against Iwakuma.
The Rangers are playing the hapless Reds today, but Baltimore’s got a tough challenge against Washington’s Tanner Roark.
1: Aoki, LF
2: Smith, RF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Cruz, DH
5: Lind, 1B
6: Martin, CF
7: O’Malley, 3B
8: Iannetta, C
9: Marte, SS
Kyle Seager’s out with a bruised foot suffered in last night’s loss. Doesn’t sound serious, but he may miss a couple of games.