After an unscheduled day off in Kansas City, the New York Yankees are packing their bags and are heading to Seattle where they will begin a three game set against Robinson Cano and the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Vidal Nuno was supposed to make the start yesterday, but because of the rain out, they pushed Nuno’s start back to tonight, slotting Masahiro Tanaka tomorrow. Vidal Nuno is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde pitcher: he pitches terribly at Yankee Stadium but seems to find his groove on the road. What do I mean? He has a 6.21 ERA at Yankee Stadium while his road ERA is a sparkling 2.08. It didn’t take Nuno long to figure out what was wrong with that picture.
“It’s just the ballpark probably, it’s smaller at home,” Nuno said.
Nuno has never faced the Seattle Mariners, but he would like to build on his last outing, where he only went 4 2/3 against the Oakland Athletics while giving up two runs on six hits and striking out five.
“I felt in a groove the first few innings, it’s just the last two innings leadoff hitters got on and that got me into trouble,” Nuno said.
If Nuno is going to win against the Mariners, he’s going to need the Yankees offense to wake up. I’ll have the pitching matchups later in the afternoon but I can tell you, this promises to be one interesting series.