Dan Straily (2-1, 3.05 ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (1-4, 4.38 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (15-26) and the Seattle Mariners (23-17) at the Great American Ball Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 20 and can be seen on FSOH and RTNW.
Straily pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking three in a 9-4 win over the Phillies. Iwakuma went 6.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out two and walking one in a 9-7 defeat to the Angels in his last outing. Robinson Cano (.299, 27 Rs, 12 HRs, 36 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Cincinnati and Seattle are Mariners -135, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
Cincinnati recorded at least two errors for the ninth time this season.
The Reds managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are coming in with a 9-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 4-20. The Mariners have a 4-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 16th in home runs, Cincinnati has hit 44 this season. Seattle ranks fourth with 55 home runs.
Ranking 28th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.66 per game. Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 8.35.
Ranking 25th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). Seattle ranks in the top 10 with an OPS of .742.
The Mariners are 15-12 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Reds are 11-23 when they allow at least one homer.