Lineups: Mariners’ Ariel Miranda to face lefty-challenged Yankees

Jul 22, 2017, 3:13 PM
Left-handed hitters have a .211 average against Mariners southpaw Ariel Miranda this season. (AP)...
Left-handed hitters have a .211 average against Mariners southpaw Ariel Miranda this season. (AP)

The Mariners will look for left-hander Ariel Miranda to help them get their first win of the season against the Yankees, and there’s reason to believe he’ll give them a chance.

Entering the 6:10 game on 710 ESPN Seattle, the Yankees are one of the worst-performing teams against left-handed pitching in the majors. When facing southpaws this year, New Yorks ranks 27th out of the 30 MLB teams in batting average (.229), 25th in OPS (.692), are is tied for 19th in runs scored (101). Particularly challenged against lefty pitching are All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez (.200/.302/.382 slash line) and leadoff man Brett Gardner (.176/.282/.311).

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Miranda, who holds lefty swingers to a .211 batting average and .601 OPS, will still want to be careful around emerging superstar Aaron Judge, who has seven home runs in 70 at-bats against left-handers.

Coverage begins at 5 with the pregame show on 710 ESPN Seattle. Here are the full lineups for Saturday’s Game 3.

Mariners (48-50)

Jean Segura, SS
Ben Gamel, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nelson Cruz, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Danny Valencia, 1B
Mitch Haniger, RF
Jarrod Dyson, CF
Mike Zunino, C

Ariel Miranda, LHP

Yankees (50-45)

Brett Gardner, CF
Clint Frazier, LF
Aaron Judge, RF
Matt Holliday, DH
Gary Sanchez, C
Didi Gregorius, SS
Todd Frazier, 3B
Garrett Cooper, 1B
Ronald Torreyes, 2B

Masahiro Tanaka, RHP

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Lineups: Mariners’ Ariel Miranda to face lefty-challenged Yankees