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Felix Hernandez leads the Mariners into the second game of three-game set against the Yankees today, while in Kansas City Jake Peavy and Zack Greinke clash in a battle of former Cy Young winners.
Hernandez (5-5, 3.28) has been throwing smoke for the Mariners in the month of June, but the lame Seattle offense let him down in his last start. He faced the Cubs last week and went nine innings, allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts, but had to settle for a no-decision. In five starts this month Hernandez is 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 40 2-3 innings. His career numbers against the Yankees aren't as good, at 2-3 with a 4.59 ERA in five starts.
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Getting the start for the Yankees today will be Javier Vazquez (6-6, 5.16). He's also put together a solid month of June with a 3-1 record and 3.00 ERA in five starts. Last time out against Arizona Vazquez came away with a no-decision after allowing four runs on six hits in five innings. In six career starts against the Mariners Vazquez is 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA.
If you're looking for an underdog pick tonight this looks like the one. The Mariners are a +135 underdog at Bovada as Hernandez looks to repeat Cliff Lee's solid outing from last night. Lee went the distance against the Yankees in a 7-4 Seattle win. The White Sox have been flying up the standings lately and one of the reasons is the resurgence of Peavy (7-5, 4.71).
Peavy has gone 3-1 with a 1.20 ERA in four starts in June and hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts. He faced the Cubs last time out and tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts. He's already faced the Royals twice this season and picked up two wins while posting a 2.35 ERA. Greinke (3-8, 3.72) could uses a similar turnaround to Peavy and he may be on his way after three straight solid outings to put an end to a four-game losing streak.
In his last start against the Cardinals Greinke allowed two runs (one was earned) on seven hits in eight strong innings. Greinke has missed the White Sox so far this season, but owns a disappointing 5-10 record and 4.20 ERA against them in 22 career appearances.
The White Sox are one of baseball's hottest teams having won 17 of their last 19 games. Tonight against the Royals the Sox are +100 underdogs.
The way Peavy's been pitching and the inconsistency that Greinke has shown this season make the Sox a solid pick in this one.