Unbeatable in recent outings, Felix Hernandez will try to stay hot by continuing his recent success against the New York Yankees. The Seattle Mariners ace, though, might have a considerable challenge in this upcoming game at Yankee Stadium.
That's because CC Sabathia will be seeking his ninth win in as many starts against Seattle on Tuesday night, when New York will also have Curtis Granderson in the lineup for the first time this season.
Hernandez (5-2, 1.53 ERA) has gone 4-0 with a 0.71 ERA in his last five starts, beating Pittsburgh 2-1 with eight innings of one-run ball Wednesday. He's earned three of those wins on the road while allowing one run in 22 innings.
Hernandez is 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA in his last five road starts against the Yankees (24-14). He threw a two-hitter in a 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium in his most recent matchup with New York on Aug. 4.
He's 7-2 with a 2.19 ERA in his last 10 overall starts against the Yankees.
Hernandez will try to outpitch Sabathia (4-3, 3.23) in this one. The New York left-hander has posted a 1.20 ERA while winning his past eight matchups with Seattle (18-20) and is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last four meetings in New York.
"That's a big matchup right there," Hernandez told the team's website. "I just have to go out there and match him and do whatever we have to do to win the game."
Hernandez will have the benefit of a little extra rest thanks to the Mariners' pair of off days since his most recent start, and Sabathia could come into this outing a little fresher than usual as well.
Sabathia had his start in Colorado on Thursday cut short by a lengthy rain delay. He allowed one run, one hit and one walk over four innings of a 3-1 victory.
The Yankees had a season-high five-game win streak snapped with a 1-0 loss in the opener of Monday's doubleheader in Cleveland, but bounced back with a 7-0 victory in the finale.
Vernon Wells had a pair of RBIs and Lyle Overbay hit a two-run double in a six-run seventh inning. The two contests were added to a six-game trip after New York was rained out twice in Cleveland in April.
"This is a great road trip for us," manager Joe Girardi said. "We played three teams that were playing well. Colorado was a game or two out when we played them. Kansas City was tied for first and these guys are in first. To do that, it's a really good road trip."
Granderson will bat fourth and play right field Tuesday after returning from a broken right forearm suffered when he was hit by a pitch during spring training. He has two homers, two doubles and a triple among his 15 career hits against Hernandez, though he's also struck out 20 times in 55 at-bats in the matchup.
The Mariners have won nine of 13 but are 7-11 away from home this season after going 3-2 on their most recent road trip. They're 3-8 in their last 11 road games against the Yankees and went 3-6 overall in the 2012 season series.
Hernandez earned two of those wins while allowing two runs over 16 1-3 innings. Sabathia pitched a three-hitter in his only matchup with Seattle in 2012, a 6-3 home win Aug. 3.