Pick Sabathia & Yankees Over Mariners as Cano Returns to NYC

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 2:01 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014 2:01 PM GMT

Robinson Cano returns to the Bronx for the first time since signing a massive contract in the offseason with the Mariners. Is Sabathia looking to teach him about trading sides? Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds for this A.L. Series Game 1 at Yankee Stadium.

A star returns
Mariners' second baseman Robinson Cano will set up shop in the visitors’ clubhouse at this venue for the first time in his career, as he signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with Seattle in the offseason.

The former Yankees' star is hitting .301 on the season, but has managed to hit just a single home run, which can be attributed to now playing home games at spacious Safeco Field. 

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 6-3 versus left-handed starters, with the 'over' going 7-2 in that situation.

 

Streaking
New York has won back-to-back games and will now look to capture its sixth consecutive season series versus Seattle.

The Yankees are 15-8 in their last 23 meetings against the Mariners, while they’ve also won 10 of 11 home season series in this matchup.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 26-14 as home favorites of -150 to -175, with the 'under' going 26-14 in those 40 opportunities.

Young
Mariners' starting pitcher Chris Young (0-0, 3.50 ERA) has yet to earn a decision in his four outings this season, but he did lead the team to a 5-3 home victory over the Houston Astros last time out—surrendering three runs and four hits over seven frames.

The right-hander has made two road appearances (one start), with opposing hitters batting .389 against him.

In three career starts versus the Yankees, Young has tallied a 1-0 record and 5.52 ERA, but he’s never thrown a pitch at this ballpark.

 

Sabathia
Yankees' starting pitcher CC Sabathia (3-2, 4.78 ERA) has won his last two outings on the road, with the offense providing him 24 runs over that span. 

The left-hander suffered a 4-2 defeat to the Boston Red Sox in his lone appearance at home in 2014—giving up four runs and six hits over seven innings of work.

In 21 lifetime appearances versus the Mariners, Sabathia has put together a 12-4 record and 2.48 ERA, including a 8-1 mark and 1.36 ERA in his last eight starts in the series.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 26-14 as home favorites of -150 to -175 since 2012.

MLB Pick: New York Yankees -175

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