James Paxton (3-2, 3.52 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (23-23) meet Corey Kluber (2-5, 3.49 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (21-25) in the first of a four-game series at Safeco Field. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 28 and will air on STO and ROOT-NW.
In his most recent outing, Paxton pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out four and walking three in a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Nelson Cruz (.341, 31 Rs, 18 HRs, 38 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Mariners, Kluber is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, eight strikeouts and zero walks. Jason Kipnis (.342, 35 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Indians, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs.
Seattle is a +116 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at six runs. When playing as the underdog, the Mariners have a 7-9 record and overall money line at -480.
Across the field, the Indians have a record of 13-16 when they are favored and are -955 overall with the money line. Cleveland is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 145 extra base hits. Cleveland has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an AL-best 4.0 walks per game. The Indians are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.63 ERA on the road this season. They also allow just 7.6 hits per road game, good for second in the AL. The Cleveland pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an AL-best 9.5 strikeouts per game.
This game will feature Kluber (RHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have a 17-18 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Indians will be the left-hander Paxton. They sport a 7-11 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
Seattle earned its third shutout of the season in its last game. Cleveland has been shut out two times this season.
The Mariners are 4-3 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Indians are 0-2 in such matchups.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Mariners have a 6-4 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 11-8. The Indians have a 17-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 175 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 209.
Cleveland tops the league in walks with 182 this season. Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 124.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 20-13. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 16-13 record.