MLB Thursday Preview: Mariners at Yankees, Nationals at Dodgers
Seattle Mariners (20-19) at New York Yankees (21-15), 6:35 p.m. ETMike Leake (2-3, 4.91 ERA) (SEA) +145 / +1.5 runs (-140) / Over 9.5 runs (EVEN) J.A. Happ (1-3, 4.93 ERA) (NYY) -160 / -1.5 runs (+120) / Under 9.5 runs (-120)
Thursday night's series finale between the Mariners and Yankees will see two struggling starters in Mike Leake and J.A. Happ take the hill.
Leake is 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA in his past five starts. Several Yankees batters have had previous success against Leake, including the hot-hitting DJ LeMahieu (5-for-12).
Happ began the year disastrously, going 0-2 with an 8.76 ERA in three tries. He was on the improve before struggling in his most recent outing against the Twins, when he allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk through 5 2/3 innings. Happ's home run rate per nine innings this year is 2.1, which spells trouble against Seattle's bats. The Mariners lead the league in homers and just hit three at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. Edwin Encarnacion has four in his last five games for the Mariners.
MLB Free Play: Over
Washington Nationals (14-22) at Los Angeles Dodgers (25-14), 10:10 p.m. ETPatrick Corbin (2-1, 3.71 ERA) (WSH) +130 / +1.5 runs (-170) / Over 7 runs (-115) Rich Hill (0-0, 3.60 ERA) (LAD) -145 / -1.5 runs (+140) / Under 7 runs (-105)
The Nationals and Dodgers are trending in different directions as they open a four-game series at Chavez Ravine on Thursday night. Washington has dropped eight of its last 10 to fall seven games behind the Phillies in the NL East, while L.A. has won 10 of its last 13 to open up a three-game lead on the Diamondbacks in the NL West.
Patrick Corbin is the Nationals' best bet to stop the bleeding. He's very familiar with these Dodgers hitters from his time in Arizona and absolutely dominated them last year, posting a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings of work.
Rich Hill counters for L.A., and he's still working on getting back to full strength after missing the first month of the season with a knee sprain. The assignment is a fairly easy one, as the Nationals have plated just seven runs in their last four games.
MLB Free Play: Under