Nathan Karns (5-2, 4.23 ERA) and Josh Tomlin (8-1, 3.54 ERA) start in the last of a four-game series between the Seattle Mariners (33-26) and the Cleveland Indians (32-26) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 5-0, and Seattle leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 9 and can be seen on STOh and RTNW.
Karns pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out five and walking five in a 10-4 defeat to the Rangers. Robinson Cano (.292, 44 Rs, 16 HRs, 48 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Tomlin went 6.1 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking one in a 7-1 win over the Royals in his last outing. Mike Napoli (.234, 38 Rs, 14 HRs, 42 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The Mariners are a -120 favorite with a total of 8.
Pick - Sea
Seattle earned its fifth shutout of the season in its last game. Cleveland has been shut out three times this season.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 0-2 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
It looks like the Mariners have a slight leg up on the Indians, as the Mariners have won their last two games while the Indians have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 21-5. The Mariners have a 27-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 10th in runs, Cleveland has earned 272 this season. Seattle ranks fourth with 300 runs.
Ranking 13th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.738). Seattle ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .773.
When the Indians allow at least one home run, they are 19-22. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 21-20 record.