Match-Up: New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners

The Yankees and Mariners will kick off a four-game set to conclude the first half. Since dropping two of three to the Mariners last week, the Yankees have come roaring back with five wins in their last six games. They will send All-Star Andy Pettitte to the mound. Pettitte has been absolutely terrific this season, posting a sub-three ERA and consistency within the rotation.

Pettitte will square off against Jason Vargas. Vargas struggled lately, giving up nine earned runs over his past two starts. Look for the Yankees to get on him early. Here’s a breakdown.

Thursday, 10:10 PM, YES: Andy Pettitte (10-2, 2.82 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (6-4, 3.22 ERA)

Last Start:
Pettitte: Win, six innings, three earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. Toronto)
Vargas: Loss, 4 2/3 innings, six earned runs, three strikeouts (at Detroit)

Career Stats:
Pettitte: 10-11, 4.51 ERA (22 starts)
Vargas: 0-0, 7.50 ERA

**Vargas has given up nine earned runs over his last two starts.

I’m going with the Yanks in this game. Too much offense for the M’s.

The Pick: Yankees

July Record: 3-4

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