It is up to David Phelps (4-3, 4.15 ERA) to win the series for the Yankees against Felix Hernandez (7-4, 2.58 ERA) and the Mariners in the last game of the series. After allowing four runs while recording just one out vs. the Mets, Phelps bounced back with possibly the best start of his young career, allowing just one hit over six shutout innings Tuesday against the Indians. ”I kind of chuckled to myself after getting the second out and said, ‘All right, you’re already doing better than last outing,’” Phelps said after the win over the Indians. “The whole season is going to have ups and downs, and you got to roll with them as much as you can.”
The Mariners ace, King Felix, relied more on his fastball in his last outing, a 7-4 win against Chiacgo, after the White Sox started hitting his changeup. He’s been strong all year and is 8-5 with a 2.99 ERA in 15 starts against the Yankees in his career.
Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 on Saturday. He has now hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games since May 24, batting .328 (19-for-58) over that stretch. He also has scored at least one run in 16 of his last 23 starts, including six straight from May 24-29.
Notes on the game:
If the Mariners win tonight, it will be the first time since 2002 that they have won a series against the Yankees.
The game will end a stretch of 17 straight days without a day off for the Yankees.
Game kicks off at 4:10 PM (ET) on YES