Roenis Elias (2-1, 2.56 ERA) and Shaun Marcum (1-0, 6.28 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Seattle Mariners (24-24) and the Cleveland Indians (22-26) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 2-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 30 and can be seen on STO and ROOT-NW.
Elias pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking three in a 4-1 win over the Rays. Nelson Cruz (.342, 32 Rs, 18 HRs, 38 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Marcum is 1-2 with a 3.77 ERA when pitching against the Mariners. He takes on a below-average Seattle offense which is hitting just .237 this season. Jason Kipnis (.345, 36 Rs, 5 HRs, 24 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Seattle is a -149 favorite against Cleveland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -480 and a record as the favorite of 16-14. Seattle is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 6-4 SU record in its last ten outings.
In games where it is the underdog, Cleveland has a 7-9 record and an overall money line of -755. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have an 8-2 SU record over the same span. Cleveland is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.9 per game. Cleveland's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.60 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Indians are second in the AL on the road with an average of 7.6 hits allowed per away game. The Indians have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 9.7 strikeouts per game.
The Mariners have an 18-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Marcum takes the mound. Elias (LHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have an 8-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Indians lost by a margin of one run. The Mariners are 13-9 in one-run games. The Indians have a 2-6 record in close games.
The Mariners are 4-3 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Indians are 0-2 in such matchups.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Indians are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Mariners have a 10-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 12-8. The Indians have an 18-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Seattle has earned 180 this season. Cleveland ranks ninth with 215 runs.
Cleveland tops the league in walks with 184 this season. Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 130.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 21-14. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 17-13 record.