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Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/31/14

Seattle Mariners (55-51) at Cleveland Indians (52-54)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)

Chris Young (R) (9-6) (3.090) vs. Zach McAllister (R) (3-6) (5.655)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -134 / Seattle Mariners +124 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-NW, STO

The Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians play a rubber game on Thursday.

The Mariners have lost six of their last eight games and are three games above a .500 record. The Mariners issue lately has been a lack of consistent offense, as they’ve produced three or fewer runs in eight of their last 12 games. Kyle Seager has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Mike Zunino has homered three times in his last eight games. Pitching wise, the Mariners have an ERA of 3.06, which is the best in baseball. Chris Young takes the hill, and he’s 9-6 with a 3.04 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in 124.1 innings. Young is 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA in two career starts against the Indians.

Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/31/14

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The Indians have lost five of their last seven games and are one game below a .500 record. While the Indians have had issues with their pitching staff throughout the year, they’ve actually allowed three or fewer runs in five of their last eight games. Overall, the Indians have an ERA of 3.90, which is 20th best in the majors. Offensively, Carlos Santana has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and Yan Gomes has five RBI in his last three games. Starting is Zach McAllister, who is 3-6 with a 5.65 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 63.2 innings. McAllister is 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA in five career starts against the Mariners. 

The Mariners are 5-2 in Youngs last 7 starts with 4 days of rest and 1-4 in Youngs last 5 starts as a road underdog. The Indians are 2-7 in McAllisters last 9 starts and 8-3 in McAllisters last 11 starts as a favorite.

Both of these teams have been so up-and-down throughout the year, I'm taking the team that's giving me more bang for my buck. Not to mention Young has been the better pitcher between the two. Take Seattle on the road. 

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