Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees
Tip-off: Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
- Seattle: Harang (1-4, 7.30 ERA)
- New York: Pettitte (4-2, 3.83 ERA)
Raul Ibanez did a great job for the New York Yankees in 2012. He is now back with the Seattle Mariners and is still impressing online sports betting fans with wins.
Tonight the left fielder will try to help Seattle to a rare series victory in New York when he takes his swings versus Andy Pettitte.
After a strong regular season in a part-time role with New York in 2012, Ibanez made his Yankee Stadium fans roar in October by going 6 for 13 with three homers in five postseason games there. The NYC native went deep twice in Game 3 of the division series versus the Baltimore Orioles, including the game-winning shot in the 12th inning.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge made the decision to start Ibanez versus southpaw CC Sabathia in Tuesday’s series opener, and his left fielder responded with a home run in a 4-3 defeat.
Ibanez went ahead with his offensive barrage in the Bronx on Wednesday with a grand slam as the Mariners opened a 7-0 lead in the first inning en route to a 12-2 win. The 40 year-old player also connected for a two-run homer in the fifth, completing his 17th multihomer game.
A victory in the finale would give the Mariners only their second series win in the Bronx since the 2004 season. Seattle, 4-0-1 in their last five series overall, has lost 29 of 42 on the road versus New York (25-15).
Vernon Wells hit his 10th home run — and fourth in nine games – for the Bronx Bombers, which had won seven of eight.
A MLB game versus the with Kansas City Royals on Saturday came at a the perfect time for Pettitte (4-2, 3.83 ERA), who gave up two runs over seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts in a 3-2 win away from home. The Louisiana native, who improved to 15-3 lifetime versus Kansas City, had been tagged for 11 runs and 14 hits over 9 1/3 innings in his previous two starts.