Monday, September 12, 2011

Pitching Match-Ups at Seattle

Game 1: Tonight @ 10:10 PM | TV: YES | Radio: WCBS
RHP Phil Hughes (4-5, 6.41) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (14-11, 3.15)

Game 2: Tomorrow @ 10:10 PM | TV: YES | Radio: WCBS
RHP A.J. Burnett (9-11, 5.27) vs. LHP Charlie Furbush (3-8 4.84)

Game 3: Sunday @ 3:35 PM | TV: YES/ESPN | Radio: WCBS
RHP Ivan Nova (15-4, 3.94) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (8-13, 4.49)

Who to Watch:
Ichiro Suzuki, RF - .275/.313/.339, 86 wRC+
In addition to posting career-lows across the board, Ichiro's string of consecutive 200+ hit seasons is likely to come to an end - he'll need thirty-two hits in the next two weeks to reach that plateau.

Dustin Ackley, 2B - .290/.367/.453, 132 wRC+
One could make a fine argument for Ackley as the AL Rookie of the Year, despite his playing in a bit more than half of the season. The Yankees will miss another top contender for the award, Michael Pineda, this go-round.

Mike Carp, 1B/LF - .274/.333/.465, 121 wRC+
Carp is the most legitimate power threat on the Mariners, though Casper Wells has knocked out six home runs in only 97 AB since coming over from the Tigers.

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