James Paxton (0-1, 7.36 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (3-2, 4.27 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Seattle Mariners (31-25) and the Cleveland Indians (31-24) at Safeco Field. The Indians come into this series hoping to extend a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 6 and can be seen on STOh and RTNW.
Paxton pitched 3.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering eight runs (five unearned), striking out seven and walking one in a 14-6 defeat to the Padres. Robinson Cano (.289, 42 Rs, 16 HRs, 48 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Bauer went 7.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking three in a 5-4 win over the Rangers in his most recent start. Carlos Santana (.223, 26 Rs, 10 HRs, 27 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Seattle and Cleveland are Mariners -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Mariners lead the season series, 2-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
Cleveland earned its fourth shutout of the season in its last game. Seattle has been shut out three times this season.
Cleveland has won 54% (14-12) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 58% (15-11) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mariners have an 8-16 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Mariners are 5-19. The Indians have a 5-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Cleveland ranks in the top half of the league at 14th when it comes to home runs, hitting 65 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five with 82.
Ranking 11th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.89 per game. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.96.
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 .774, and Cleveland ranks 10th with an OPS of .753.
The Indians are 19-20 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mariners are 20-19 when they allow at least one homer.