Taijuan Walker (2-6, 3.94 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 3.00 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Seattle Mariners (32-26) and the Cleveland Indians (32-25) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 7-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 8 and can be seen on STOh and RTNW.
Walker pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out two and walking four in a 7-3 defeat to the Rangers. Nelson Cruz (.294, 34 Rs, 15 HRs, 43 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. Carrasco went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking one in a 5-4 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 Indians are a -115 favorite on the road in this matchup of quality right-handers. The total is 7.5.
Pick - Sea
When leading after seven innings, Seattle is 15-11, while Cleveland is 14-12.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Indians are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Mariners have an 8-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 21-5. The Mariners have a 26-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking ninth, Cleveland sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 272 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five at fourth with 295.
Seattle and Cleveland both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Seattle sits at sixth with an OPS of .773, and Cleveland ranks 10th with an OPS of .746.
The Indians are 19-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mariners are 21-20 when they allow at least one homer.