Friday, April 15, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners 4/15

The New York Yankees have to be happy to get out of Toronto because nobody wants to face that deep and stacked lineup the Blue Jays have assembled recently and the team has to be especially happy to see Yankee Stadium looming in the distance. Tonight on Jackie Robinson Day all 50 men on the roster and their coaches and managers will wear the #42 to honor the late Jackie Robinson as the New York Yankees play host to the Seattle Mariners in the first of a three-game set. The Yankees will send their stud rookie pitcher Luis Severino to the mound tonight to face off with a familiar face in former Tampa Bay Rays product Nathan Karns.

Severino did not have a good season debut last time out against the Detroit Tigers and will look to improve on that tonight in the Bronx. Severino gave up a career-high 10 hits to the Tigers which looks bad in the box score but if you watched the game you know a lot of them were by soft contact and bloop hits. Severino struck out five batters and walked none in that start so he has a lot to go on and build with tonight against Robinson Cano and the Mariners.

Karns came over this winter from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Seattle Mariners and did not get off on the right foot with his new club in 2016. Karns allowed seven hits and four runs to the Oakland A’s in his debut with his new club taking a loss in the decision. Karns does have four starts under his belt against the Yankees and a 1-0 record with a 2.91 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 10 walks in 21.2 innings, a trend the Bronx Bombers will look to reverse tonight in the matchup.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. Go Yankees!

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