Felix Hernandez will try for his third consecutive win Sunday and the ninth of his career against the vaunted New York Yankees. Sunday’s contest ends a four-game series.
GAME: Yankees (36-26, 2nd, AL East, -1.0 GB) at Mariners (27-36, 4th, AL West, -10.5 GB). GAME #: 64. SERIES: 4th of 4 games. MEETING: 7th (series tied 3-3). WHEN: Sunday, 1:10 p.m., Safeco Field. STREAKS: Mariners L 1; Yankees W 1. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
After going 5-0-1 in a six-series stretch from April 25-May 16, the Mariners are 1-2-4 in their past seven, have fallen from second place to fourth in the AL West, and are in danger of losing another set when they close out a four-game stand with the New York Yankees Sunday. While the Yankees have taken two of three, including a 3-1 decision Saturday, Felix Hernandez will go for Seattle in the finale, always a good thing.
Hernandez, who ranks fourth in the AL with a 2.58 ERA, second in innings pitched (90.2) and fourth in strikeouts (95), has put together a season of streaks — a three-game losing streak April 6-17, then a four-game winning streak April 22-May 8, followed by two losses and two wins.
Hernandez pitched one of his best games in a no-decision at Yankee Stadium May 14 when he allowed one earned run on five hits in 6.0 innings with 8 strikeouts. Sunday, he’ll oppose David Phelps, whose career against the Mariners amounts to one relief appearance.
Sunday’s game will mark New York’s final appearance of the season at Safeco Field.
MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (7-4, 2.58 ERA, 1.04 WHIP)
The 27-year-old Hernandez, in his ninth major league season, all with Seattle, will make his 14th start and second against the Yankees. After losing two in a row May 19 and May 25, Hernandez has come back with consecutive victories, although he allowed an un-Felix-like four earned runs in his last outing, against San Diego. Hernandez has pitched into the seventh inning in eight starts. Also uncharacteristically, Hernandez has yielded 15 earned runs in his past four.
YANKEES: RHP David Phelps (4-3, 4.15 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)
The 26-year-old Phelps, a South Bend, IN., native in his second major league season, both with New York, will make his eighth start, 14th appearance, and first against the Mariners. Phelps began the season in the New York bullpen and didn’t make his first start until May 1 when he took a no-decision against Houston. He beat Toronto 7-2 May 18 for his first victory as a starter and is coming off a 4-3 win over Cleveland. The Yankees selected Phelps in the 14th round of the 2008 amateur draft out of the University of Notre Dame.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|6/9||Sun||vs. NYY||RHP Felix Hernandez (7-4) vs. RHP David Phelps (3-3)|
|6/10||Mon||vs. Hou||RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (6-1) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-2)|
|6/11||Tue||vs. Hou||RHP Aaron Harang (2-5) vs. RHP Bud Norris (5-4)|
|6/12||Wed||vs. Hou||RHP Jeremy Bonderman (1-1) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (3-1)|