Taijuan Walker (1-5, 7.33 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (4-1, 3.02 ERA) take the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Seattle Mariners (23-24) and the Cleveland Indians (22-25) at Safeco Field. The Indians won the last game 5-3 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 29 and can be seen on STO and ROOT-NW.
Walker pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking four in an 8-2 defeat to the Blue Jays. Nelson Cruz (.339, 31 Rs, 18 HRs, 38 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Bauer is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA when pitching against the Mariners. He is up against a below-average Seattle offense which is hitting just .237 this season. Jason Kipnis (.345, 35 Rs, 5 HRs, 24 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Indians, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
Seattle is a narrow -107 favorite at home against Cleveland. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -380 and a record as the favorite of 16-14. Seattle is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 7-3 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 -855. The Indians have a dynamic offense, ranking fifth in the league with 147 extra base hits. Cleveland is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 4.0 per game. Cleveland's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.63 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 9.5 strikeouts per game.
The Indians have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Mariners have an 18-18 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bauer takes the mound. Walker (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 14-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
Cleveland has won 44% (8-10) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Seattle has won 57% (8-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Indians have a 3-0 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 3-20. The Mariners have a 9-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 14th in home runs, Cleveland has hit 45 this season. Seattle ranks fourth with 60 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.54.
Ranking 19th, Seattle is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.698). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .740.
When the Indians allow at least one home run, they are 16-19. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 10-20 record.