The visiting New York Yankees hit three home runs on Tuesday and upped the total of 12 extra-base hits to take the first two games in the series in Seattle. The Yankees cut first-place Tampa Bay’s lead in the American League East to five games. The MLB picks favor the Seattle Mariners to salvage the final game in the series.
New York is 9-3 over the last 12 games and have scored 10 runs in each of the last three games. While they are third in the American League, the Yankees have won four in a row. Seattle is now in fourth place in the American League West.
Seventeen of the 26 runs in the series have come courtesy of extra-base hits. Keep that in mind when it comes time to make MLB predictions.
The Yankees lead the AL with 53 home runs in May, with their .475 slugging percentage ranking second. Seattle is fifth in the majors with 248 strikeouts and eighth with a 3.83 ERA in May.
When looking at MLB news, Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo is questionable after missing the series opener with a wrist injury. The Yankees continue to play without outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and third baseman Josh Donaldson. Seattle outfielder A.J. Pollock has missed the last six games with a leg injury.
The Yankees (+1000) are fifth in the odds to win the World Series.
Enjoy this quick look at the matchup before checking out our MLB lines.
There are some familiar names in the lineup for the Yankees, led by reigning American League Most Valuable Player Aaron Judge. However, in Game 2 of the series, rookie Anthony Volpe and offseason acquisitions Willie Calhoun and Jake Bauers came through.
Volpe, who didn’t have an extra-base hit in each of his last six games, hit a three-run home run, Bauers drove in a run and Calhoun had a pair of hits and scored twice in a 10-2 win as the Yankees took the first two games of the series.
Isaiah Kiner-Falefa, in his second season with the Yankees, is 6-for-10 with six RBIs in the series.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 31, 2023
The MLB odds total has gone over in 15 of the Yankees’ last 22 games.
No Relief In Sight
With the struggles of young starting pitchers Bryce Miller and Logan Gilbert in the first two games of the series, the Mariners could have used a lift from their bullpen. That didn’t happen as Seattle’s relievers allowed nine hits and four runs in 11⅓ innings.
Seattle ranks fifth in the majors with a 3.24 ERA from its bullpen so the events of the last two games are not typical for the Mariners.
One of the bright spots in the bullpen continues to be Trevor Gott, who struck out two of the three batters he faced while throwing a scoreless inning in Tuesday’s loss. He has not allowed a run in his last five appearances.
When making your bet online, consider the fact that each of Seattle’s last six games against American League East foes went over the total.
Clarke Schmidt (2-5, 5.58 ERA) vs George Kirby (5-4, 3.43)
Schmidt has surrendered four runs over 10 innings in his last two starts. He has pitched past the fifth innings just once in his last six starts. This will be his first appearance against the Mariners.
Kirby was lit up for nine hits and seven runs with four home runs allowed in 4⅔ innings in his last start, which is something to keep in mind for live betting options. After surrendering just one run in 13 ⅔ innings in back-to-back starts, he has a 7.71 ERA in his last two outings.
None of his 35 career starts have come against the Yankees.
Yankees vs Mariners Head-to Head
The Yankees have won eight of the last 11 games in Seattle. The Mariners had won four of five against the Yankees before dropping the first two games in the series.
Just one of the last eight games in the series finished under the MLB spreads total.
Yankees vs Mariners Game Information
- Game: Yankees (34-23) vs Mariners (28-27)
- Location: T-Mobile Park, Seattle, WA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, May 31, 9:40 p.m. ET
- Yankees vs Mariners Live stream: MLB.tv
Yankees vs Mariners Betting Lines
With the way the Yankees are swinging the bat, it is pretty hard to expect the series finale to go under the 7½-run total considering that just one of the last seven games between the Yankees and Mariners finished under the total.
Pick: Over 7½ (-115)
The Yankees have had no problem getting good swings against Miller and Gilbert. Will it be more of the same going against Kirby?
Schmidt has thrown well in his last two starts. A high pitch count could put some pressure on the Yankees’ bullpen.
Kirby figures to bounce back after his worst start of the season. Still, it is hard to pick against the Yankees based on how the first two games have played out.
Pick: Yankees +123
For many of the reasons listed above, going with Seattle at +1½ (-170) is the way most of those who bet online are proceeding. Keep in mind that the Yankees have covered in 16 of the 25 road games this season.