The Mariners can win their fifth series in less than a month Thursday against Andy Pettitte and the Yankees in New York.
GAME: Mariners (19-21, 3rd, AL West, -7-0 GB) at Yankees (25-15, 1st, AL East, +2.0 GA). GAME #: 41. SERIES: 3rd of 3 games. MEETING: 3rd (series tied 1-1). WHEN: Thursday, 4:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium. STREAKS: Mariners W 1; Yankees L 1. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
Aaron Harang has pitched in the major leagues for 12 years with five teams and, remarkably, has never set foot in Yankee Stadium. That will change Thursday when Harang squares off against LHP Andy Pettitte to close a three-game series in the Bronx.
The Mariners, who demolished the Yankees 12-2 Wednesday on the strength of two home runs and six RBIs from Raul Ibanez and a three-run homer by Kyle Seager, have a chance to win their fifth series since late April. The Mariners didn’t win one before April 27.
At 19-21, the Mariners are just a percentage point behind the Oakland Athletics (20-22) for second place in the AL West.
Harang opposes the 40-year-old Pettitte, who, surprisingly, has a losing career record (11-12) against the Mariners.
MARINERS: RHP Aaron Harang (1-4, 7.30 ERA, 1.41 WHIP)
The 35-year-old Harang, a San Diego native in his 12th major league season and first with Seattle, will make his sixth start and first against the Yankees. After giving up 16 earned runs in his first three starts, Harang settled down in his last two, allowing two ERs in each. But the Mariners didn’t provide him with run support in his last outing, making him a 4-1 loser to Pittsburgh. Harang’s only win came May 1 vs. Baltimore, an 8-3 victory.
YANKEES: LHP Andy Pettitte (4-2, 3.83 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)
The 40-year-old Pettitte, in his 18th major league season and 15th with the Yankees, will make his eighth start and first against the Mariners. Pettitte opened with three consecutive wins, suffered consecutive losses, took a no-decision, and then came back in his last start to defeat Kansas City 3-2. He has pitched into the seventh inning four times and had his best outing April 4 when he beat Boston 4-2 while allowing just one earned run.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|5/16||Thr||at NYY||RHP Aaron Harang (1-4) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (4-2)|
|5/17||Fri||at Clev||RHP RHP Brandon Maurer (2-5) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2)|
|5/18||Sat||at Clev||LHP Joe Saunders (3-4) vs. RHP Zach McAllister (3-3)|
|5/19||Sun||at Clev||RHP Felix Hernandez (5-2) vs. RHP Justin Masterson (6-2)|
|5/20||Mon||at Clev||RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (5-1) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (2-1)|