Time to look at the Mariners next opponent, the New York Yankees. Tonight, Jamie Burke will complete one of his dreams by starting at Yankee Stadium.
SEA: Erik Bedard, LHP, 2-0, 2.04 ERA
NYY: Chien-Ming Wang, RHP, 5-0, 3.23 ERA
It's a battle of unbeaten aces tonight. Bedard is looking to build off of some success. The Mariners will have to rebound after last night's heartbreaker, and will need innings from Bedard because of how much the bullpen was used last night. The offence was sort of there, but will need to show up earlier for the Mariners to have success against a top groundball pitcher in Wang.
SEA: Felix Hernendez, RHP, 2-1, 2.22 ERA
NYY: Mike Mussina, RHP, 3-3, 4.73 ERA
Felix continues to impress after another dominent start against Oakland, untill the eighth inning that is, and will need another good performance. Moose hasn't done that well so far this season, and the Mariners will have to hit him hard and early. The Yankees have a good bullpen with guys like Joba and Rivera in the backend, but could falter in middle relief work. If the M's can put up a few runs early and hold the Yankees offence off, which is weakened without A-Rod in the middle, they could be in line for a win.
SEA: Carlos Silva, RHP, 3-0, 2.79 ERA
NYY: Darrel Rasner, RHP, -----------
Silva has been a great surprise so far this season and should continue against the Yankees. He's been able to pitch deep in to games and give the bullpen rest, something that should come as a relief. The Mariners bats are facing the new guy, replacing Phil Hughes in the rotation. Rasner had been pitching extremely well with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AAA) going 4-0 with a 0.83 ERA in five starts. Getting to him early will be huge.