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#919 Cleveland Indians -110 vs.
#920 Seattle Mariners 7.5
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 10:10pm EDT
Written by Sporty Jordy

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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.

“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.

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It’s much easier to give the Mariners a pass for getting swept by the Astros than it is giving the Indians one for getting swept by the Royals. The Astros didn’t have the best start to the season, but everyone knew they’d eventually pull it together and get back towards working on repeating as division champs. Meanwhile, the Royals had the second-worst record in baseball in 2018, and they had lost 10 straight games before blowing through the Indians.

The real test in this game will be the ability of the Mariners to get their bats going early against Indians starter Trevor Bauer (2.29 ERA). Yet, even if Bauer has a great game (which I believe he will), the Indians’ offensive struggles, particularly when they’re on the road, will cost them.

The Mariners still have the ability to explode offensively on any given night. I’m more inclined to pick Monday as that night after they already lost their last three straight games at home. I believe the same Yusei Kikuchi we saw against the Oakland Athletics shows up in this game and keeps the Indians in check. It shouldn’t be too challenging considering the Indians are dead last in batting average (.185), third-worst in on-base percentage (.276) and fifth-worst in average runs scored per game (3.14). I’m taking the Mariners in this game.

Prediction: Seattle Mariners (+105)

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The under is 15-6-1 in the last 22 head-to-head meetings between the Mariners and Indians in Seattle. Bauer is pitching lights out right now, and Kikuchi will be throwing against an Indians offense that has consistently struggled to produce runs. Win or lose, the Indians have a habit of making teams play ugly. Take the under in this game.

Prediction: Under (7.5)

Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

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