Shaun Marcum (2-1, 5.19 ERA) and J.A. Happ (3-1, 3.31 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (27-31) and the Seattle Mariners (27-32) at Progressive Field. The Mariners won the last game 9-3 and Seattle leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 12:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 11 and can be seen on ROOT-NW, STO and MLB Net.
Marcum is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in his appearances against the Mariners, and goes up against a below-average Seattle offense which is batting just .239 this season. Jason Kipnis (.333, 41 Rs, 5 HRs, 27 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Against the Indians, Happ is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts. Kyle Seager (.280, 24 Rs, 10 HRs, 34 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and five RBIs.
Cleveland is a -116 favorite against Seattle and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Indians have an overall money line of -931 and a record as the favorite of 17-20. The Indians have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.3 runs per game. Cleveland leads the whole AL in walks, earning an average of 3.8 per game. Cleveland's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.1 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.3. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Indians, who lead the AL in strikeouts per game with 9.6.
As for their opponent, Seattle is coming in with an overall money line of -1,017 and a disappointing record of 8-12 as the underdog. Offensively, the Mariners have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 3.4 runs per game by averaging 1.9 during that stretch.
The Indians have a 10-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Happ takes the mound. Marcum (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 21-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Under
For the fifth time this season, the Mariners registered at least two errors in a game.
The Mariners are 4-5 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Indians are 1-2 in such matchups.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 4-10 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 4-24. The Mariners have a 10-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Cleveland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 18th when it comes to home runs, hitting 51 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 64.
Ranking 12th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.05 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.54.
Ranking 20th, Seattle is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.690). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .730.
The Mariners are 11-27 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 19-23 when they allow at least one homer.