September 7, 2018
The Yankees are here for a weekend series, and Salami contributor and world's only sensitive Yankee fan Bill Abelson brings us the goods on the Bronx Bombers. The Friday night matchup is a beaut, with Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka facing off against The Big Maple. Saturday will feature former Mariner J.A. Happ taking on Felix Hernández, while the Sunday afternoon affair has C.C. Sabathia scheduled for New York and a question mark for the M's. It's possible Marco Gonzales will be activated for that one, or Erasmo Ramírez could take the hill.
Tanaka is 6-0 vs. Seattle in his career, 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA at Safeco Field. Paxton has only had one career start against the Yankees, a five-inning appearance at Yankee Stadium that didn't go well.
Happ's career numbers vs. Seattle are 4-2, 5.06 in seven starts, and he has experience at Safeco, having pitched for the M's in 2015 (4-3, 3.68 at Safeco Field). Felix has a 10-7 mark vs. the Yankees (3.00 ERA), having made nearly a whole season's worth of starts (22) against them over his long career.
Sabathia has even more experience against the M's, having made 28 career starts and going 14-6, 2.57 ERA (10-1, 2.08 at Safeco) going back to 2001. Gonzales is just 0-1 vs. the Yankees (one start, it went badly), while Ramírez has only faced them in relief (92⁄3 innings, 2.79 ERA).