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Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seattle Mariners (6-8) at Cleveland Indians (6-6)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 12:10 pm (Progressive Field)

N Karns (1-1) (4.50) vs. Cody Anderson (0-1) (5.90)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -122 / Seattle Mariners +112 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: STOh, RTNW

Early Thursday afternoon in MLB action, we’ve got a series finale' coming between the Seattle Mariners and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

This will be the last of a three-game set. In Tuesday’s opener, the Indians eked out a 3-2 victory. On Wednesday, Seattle got a bit of revenge with a 2-1 win of their own to even the series.

Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Thursday’s matchup, the Mariners will be utilizing right-hander Nathan Karns. Although he was a little sketchy to start the season, Karns settled down in his second start Friday, holding the Yankees to one earned on five hits in five innings. That gives Karns a 4.50 ERA with a 1.70 WHIP over 10 innings of work in 2016.

The Seattle offense has lots of notable talent, but hasn’t been blowing anyone’s doors off thus far. Team star Robinson Cano has five homers and 10 RBI but is batting just .214. Cano went 0-for-4 on Wednesday. Norichika Aoki and Nelson Cruz have played well in spurts, combining for 27 hits with 10 runs between them. Aoki came up with a pair of RBI in Wednesday’s game.

Over on the Indians’ side, they’ll be giving right-hander Cody Anderson a go on Thursday. Anderson has been up and down thus far, with a 5.91 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP over 10.2 innings and two starts. In his last appearance, Anderson gave up five runs in 4.2 innings to the Mets.

The Cleveland hitters have been giving out a pretty even effort across their lineup in 2016. Francisco Lindor leads the way with 15 hits and eight runs, while Mike Napoli has 11 hits with eight runs and seven RBI. Napoli came up empty in game two. Jason Kipnis has also been a solid contributor on 12 hits with seven runs and six RBI.

The Mariners are just 3-11 in their last 14 Thursday games, and 2-4 in their last six against the American League Central.As for the Indians, they’re 6-2 in their last eight game threes of a series, and 4-1 in Anderson’s last five starts during game three of a series.

Overall I like Karns here in the pitching matchup, as he closed out 2015 on a nice roll. If the Mariners offense can wake up and give him a little cushion we should see a Seattle victory here.

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Seattle Mariners +112

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