When and where: April 15, 2019, T-Mobile Park, Seattle, WA, 10:10 ET
After getting brought back down to earth by the Houston Astros, the Seattle Mariners will try to bounce-back in their upcoming three-game series with the Cleveland Indians. An opportunity to knock off the 2018 AL West champions slipped through the Mariners’ fingers on their home field. So now they’ll take aim at the reigning AL Central champion Indians in Game 1 on Monday. MLB All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer will get the start for the Indians, while the Mariners roll out lefty Yusei Kikuchi.
Indians get swept by the Royals
The Indians were expected to breeze right through the Royals in their three-game series over the weekend. Those expectations were warranted considering the Royals were riding a 10-game losing streak and practically seemed incapable of closing out a game. Unfortunately for the Indians, the Royals somehow figured out a way to close out three games at their expense.
Not only were the Indians the first team to lose to the Royals in the month of April, but they also became the first team to get swept by them in 2019. They were blown out in Game 1 and shut out in Game 2, before finally being put out of their misery in Game 3.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 14, 2019
“We knew there were chances there were going to be times like this. (It’s) hard to go through, but gotta keep fighting, gotta fight for everything you can get,” Indians manager Terry Francona said after the game, via ESPN.com.
The bats came alive for the Indians on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to get the job done, not after Corey Kluber gave up six earned runs and walked five in his 2.2 innings on the mound. It was a nightmare performance he’d love to forget, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
After scoring one run in the first two games combined, the Indians exploded for eight runs in the series finale. Leonys Martin knocked over a homer and scored off a Hanley Ramirez walk in the seventh inning. Carlos Santana also scored twice after contributing a hit and accepting a walk in the 9-8 loss.
Mariners offense held in check by the Astros
The Mariners went into their highly-anticipated three-game series with the Astros as the top run-scoring team in the league. They had all of the momentum on their side, along with thousands of screaming fans at their backs. It was their moment to reach up and grab the proverbial brass ring from the reigning AL West champs.
And they fell flat on their faces.
There are sure to be questions regarding the legitimacy of their early run in the season. They won’t be going on any miracle playoff runs if they can’t beat the Astros. Say what you want about Houston, but they will undoubtedly be around in October. As for the Mariners, they blew a two-point lead in the latter half of their game on Sunday that essentially led to them getting swept and losing their first series of the season.
Mitch Haniger’s home run and Domingo Santana’s run-scoring double were the only runs the team could hang their hat on.
- Indians are 3-7 in their last 10 road games
- Indians are 2-5 in their last 7 games against teams in the American League West
- Indians are 5-13 in their last 18 games against a left-handed starter
- Indians are 2-6 in their last 8 road games against a left-handed starter
- Mariners are 8-3 in their last 11 home games
- Mariners are 23-9 in their last 32 Monday games
- Mariners are 5-2 in their last 7 home games against a right-handed starter
- Mariners are 39-17 in their last 56 games against teams in the American League Central