Jamie Moyer’s Notebook: New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners June 1, 2015


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New York Yankees (26-25) vs. Seattle Mariners (24-26) 7:10 PM PST

Pitching Matchup: Michael Pineda RHP (5-1, 3.65) vs. Felix Hernandez RHP (8-1, 1.91 ERA) 

Pineda: Felix’s former protege will take the hill against his former team for the first time. The young righty has been fantastic for New York in 2015, and will look to make the M’s regret trading him, more than they already do at least.

The King: The best pitcher in the game has a 15 inning scoreless streak going, and has given up just eight base-runners over that span. Felix always seems to perform his best against the Yanks, so expect more of the same.


New York Yankees 

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1. Brett Gardner LF

2. Chase Headley 3B

3. Alex Rodriguez DH

4. Mark Teixeira 1B

5. Brian McCann C

6. Carlos Beltran RF

7. Didi Gregorius SS

8. Stephen Drew 2B

9. Ramon Flores LF

Notes: This is the fourth highest-scoring lineup in all of baseball, and don’t think for a second that Felix doesn’t know that. A-Rod is back in town. I’m not sure what it is, but the boo-birds always seem to follow him to Seattle. Weird.

Seattle Mariners  

Apr 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman

Logan Morrison

(20) bats during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

1. Logan Morrison 1B

2. Robinson Cano 2B

3. Nelson Cruz RF

4. Kyle Seager 3B

5. Seth Smith DH

6. Austin Jackson CF

7. Brad Miller SS

8. Mike Zunino C

9. Dustin Ackley LF

Notes: Holy moly, where do I even start? LoMo batting lead-off reminds me of when the power forward for my old high school basketball team would joke around like he was the point guard, except this is professional baseball. I like that Lloyd is shaking things up, and I think it’s even a little overdue to be honest. I like Robby in the two-spot, but I would switch Smith and Morrison if I were manager.

3 Things to Watch

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1. Cano he didn’t!

Yes, that is another shameless pun with Robby’s last name, and no, I don’t care. I think he is a better fit batting second at this point in his career. Three hits for Cano tonight.

2. Ackley gets running

He has been hitting better as of late, and now is hitting in front of the heart of the order in this crazy lineup. Ackley will score twice in game one of the series.

3. Camera shows A-Rod at least five times for no reason while in the dugout

And he will have his usual miserable look on his face.

Last Game’s Predictions

1. Hip-Happ hooray–Out 

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He only gave up two earned, but Happ couldn’t make it past the fifth inning, forcing the bullpen to go seven in the extra-innings loss. With a thin and struggling bullpen, the Mariners’ starters will have to get deeper into games.

2. Give ’em the full-Nelson–Out

Nelson did have a double, but he also failed to come through in a few RBI opportunities. We’ll see how he does tonight hitting third.

3. Seattle Mariners for .500 please–Out

I really need to stop predicting this one, they always lose when I do. The Seattle Mariners are now three games under .500 and down in the division standing and 6.5 back of Houston. They have some soul-searching to do if they are going to come anywhere close to reaching their goals for 2015.

Season Tally:

Outs: 35     Hits: 20     Batting Average: .363

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