Corey Kluber (3-6, 3.61 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (2-6, 5.80 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (27-29) and the Seattle Mariners (25-32) at Progressive Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 9 and can be seen on ROOT-NW and STO.
Kluber is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his appearances against the Mariners, and goes up against a below-average Seattle offense which is batting just .237 this season. Jason Kipnis (.338, 41 Rs, 5 HRs, 27 RBIs, 8 SBs) continued his strong play Sunday, going 3 for 5 with one run. Against the Indians, Walker is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.25 WHIP, and eight strikeouts. Nelson Cruz (.329, 33 Rs, 18 HRs, 39 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Mariners, going 2 for 4 Sunday with one run.
The odds for Cleveland and Seattle are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. The Indians are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 171. 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.
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, 3-1. The Indians have a 10-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Walker takes the mound. Kluber (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 20-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
For the eighth time this season, the Indians registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Mariners play into extra innings, they have a 4-5 record. The Indians are 1-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Mariners are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have an 8-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 13-12. The Indians have a 22-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, Seattle sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 196 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 12th with 242.
Cleveland ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 217 this season. Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 155.
The Indians are 21-13 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Mariners are 22-15 when they hit at least one homer.