It’s the middle game of a weekend set between American League teams on the shores of Lake Erie. The Seattle Mariners are on the road as they play the second game of a three-game set with the Cleveland Indians Saturday afternoon. Seattle dropped the rubber game of their three-game road set against the Tigers as they were dumped 8-3 Thursday afternoon. Cleveland split a two-game interleague set with the Cardinals on the road, falling 8-2 in the finale Wednesday night. The pitching matchup for Friday’s series opener saw Justin Dunn get the ball for the Mariners against the Indians’ Aaron Civale. First pitch in the contest from Progressive Field was scheduled for 7:10 pm ET.
Seattle Mariners Hoping to Bounce Back on the RoadSeattle dropped two of three on the road as they were dropped in the rubber game by the Tigers in the Motor City Thursday. The Mariners fell for the fourth time in six games and entered Friday tied for third, six games behind the A’s for the top spot in the division. Seattle finished with six hits in the game with Mitch Haniger (two runs, two RBI) the lone player with two of them in the contest. Haniger homered twice, giving him 16 long balls on the year. Justus Sheffield (5-5) took the loss on the mound as he threw four innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
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Yusei Kikuchi gets the ball for his 12th start of the season for the Mariners in this contest. He is 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA, a 1.065 WHIP, 20 walks and 69 strikeouts over 66.2 innings of work on the season. Kikuchi didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came last Saturday on the road against the Angels. He threw four innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in a game the Mariners lost by a 12-5 score. In his last three starts, Kikuchi is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, three walks and 16 strikeouts over 16.2 innings of work. Kikuchi makes his third career start against the Indians in this contest. He is 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA, a 0.923 WHIP, four walks and 15 strikeouts over 13 innings of work. Kikuchi didn’t factor in the decision in his lone start at Progressive Field on May 3, 2019. He threw seven innings, allowing one run on three hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts in a game the Mariners dropped 2-1.
Cleveland Indians Trying to Gain Ground in AL CentralCleveland was drubbed in the finale of their two-game interleague set with the Cardinals on the road to end up with a split of the series. The Indians entered Friday second in the AL West, 4.5 games behind the White Sox for the division lead. Cleveland finished with only three hits in the contest, all of which came in the opening inning. Jose Ramirez (run) and Eddie Rosario each doubled, while Amed Rosario (run) had a single. Jean Carlos Mejia (1-1) took the loss on the mound as he gave up four runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout in just two-thirds of an inning before getting the hook.
Triston McKenzie is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Columbus for his 11th appearance and 10th start of the season for the Indians here. He comes in 1-3 with a 6.26 ERA, a 1.512 WHIP, 35 walks and 59 strikeouts over 41.2 innings of work this season. McKenzie didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox at home on May 31. He threw 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on four hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in a game the Indians dropped 8-6 in eight innings. In his last three starts, McKenzie is 0-1 with a 7.24 ERA, a 1.244 WHIP, 10 walks and 19 strikeouts over 13.2 innings of action. McKenzie took the loss in his lone career start against the Mariners, which came on the road on May 15. He threw 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in a 7-3 Indians defeat. McKenzie is 1-1 with a 5.46 ERA, a 1.117 WHIP, 17 walks and 47 strikeouts over 31.1 innings in eight career appearances, five starts, at Progressive Field.
The top trends for this contest are:
- Mariners are 1-6 in Kikuchi's last 7 Saturday starts
- Mariners are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. American League Central
- Mariners are 1-5 in Kikuchi's last 6 starts during game 2 of a series
- Indians are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
This is going to be an audition of sorts for McKenzie to show he deserves the fifth starter spot as the Indians are in a stretch where they play 30 games in 31 days. He threw 5.1 scoreless frames, allowing two hits with two walks and four strikeouts in his lone start with Triple-A Columbus after being sent down. Seattle has been up and down this season as they simply can’t establish any kind of consistency in the first couple of months of the season. The Mariners have struggled at times on the road this season. While Seattle has an edge on paper on the mound, you have to lean toward the hosts in this one as the Indians get the victory.
Full-Game Total Pick
Seattle has seen the over post a 31-30-3 mark in their 64 games entering Friday’s action. The Mariners are 24th in the majors in runs per game as they put up an average of 3.92 runs per contest. Seattle stands 23rd in run prevention as they give up an average of 4.83 runs per game, giving them an average total of 8.75 runs per contest. Cleveland went into Friday seeing the over post a 32-25-2 record in their 59 games this season. The Indians are 20th in the majors with an average of 4.12 runs per contest while they are tied for 14th in the majors by allowing 4.32 runs per game. That gives them an average total of 8.44 runs a night this season. Even with suspect offenses, the pitching isn’t enough to slow things down. This ends up over the total.