As the Yankees go into tonight’s game, they’ve got one thing on their minds: the sweep. The last series the Yankees and Mariners met up, the Mariners swept the Yankees in three games, although one of the games was played just last week due to a rain out in April. With the Yankees taking the first two games of this series, they turn to Chase Whitley, who has been having a good season so far, with hopes he can propel the Yankees to a series sweep.
Whitley is coming off his best start since joining the Yankees rotation, going seven innings while giving up two runs on five hits and striking out three against the Kansas City Royals. He’ll oppose Roenis Elias who also is coming off a great start, going 7.2 innings while giving up four runs on five hits and striking out five against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Yankees offense was able to score four runs in last night’s game, but the Yankees haven’t scored more than four runs in two weeks, which is quite troubling. While the Yankees pitching has gotten it done for the most part, the offense needs to score more than four runs to give their pitching some breathing room. It’s plain and simple.