Trevor Bauer (5-2, 2.94 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (27-30) square off against Taijuan Walker (2-6, 5.80 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (26-32) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at Progressive Field. The Mariners won the last game 3-2 and Seattle leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 10 and can be seen on ROOT-NW and STO.
Bauer is 0-3 with a 5.09 ERA in his appearances against the Mariners, but goes up against a below-average Seattle offense which is batting just .238 this season. Jason Kipnis (.335, 41 Rs, 5 HRs, 27 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday. When pitching against the Indians, Elias is 1-2 with a 5.19 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and eight strikeouts. Kyle Seager (.276, 22 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 2 yesterday.
Cleveland is a -157 favorite against Seattle and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Indians have an overall money line of -740 and a record as the favorite of 17-19. Cleveland leads the whole AL in walks, earning an average of 3.9 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 9.7.
Over in the other dugout, Seattle is coming in with an overall money line of -1,198 and a disappointing record of 7-12 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-2 record when playing 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 1.8 during that stretch.
The Indians lead the season series, 3-2. The Indians have a 17-17 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Elias takes the mound. Bauer (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 20-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Under
The Mariners won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Indians are 5-7. The Mariners are 15-12 in close games this season.
When the Mariners play into extra innings, they have a 4-5 record. The Indians are 1-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 4-9 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 14-12. The Indians have a 22-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, Seattle has earned 199 this season. Cleveland ranks 13th with 244 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Cleveland has earned 219 this season. Seattle ranks 19th with 159 walks.
When the Indians hit at least one home run, they are 21-14. When the Mariners hit at least one homer, they have a 22-15 record.