Seattle Mariners at Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/29/14
Seattle Mariners (54-50) at Cleveland Indians (51-53)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Hisashi Iwakuma (R) (8-5) (3.090) vs. Trevor Bauer (R) (4-5) (3.933)
The Line: Cleveland Indians / Seattle Mariners --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-NW, STO
The Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners take the field Tuesday at Progressive Field.
The Mariners are a terrible 3-7 since the All Star break and have moved within three games of becoming your typical .500 ball club. The reason for the slump has been a lack of offense, as the Mariners have scored three or less runs in 16 of their last 20 games. The Mariners have lost five straight when scoring three or fewer runs. Kyle Seager has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and Dustin Ackley has 17 hits in his last 10 games. The Mariners have the best ERA in baseball at 3.07. Starting is Hisashi Iwakuma, who is 8-5 with a 3.09 ERA and has 88 strikeouts in 110.2 innings. Iwakuma is 0-0 with a 4.02 ERA in three career games against the Indians.
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The Indians are 5-6 since the All Star break and have fallen one game below a .500 record. The most impressive thing about the Indians in the second half has been their pitching rotation that has allowed three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. Remember, this is an Indians team that has the 19th worst ERA in baseball at 3.89. Offensively, Michael Brantley has five hits in his last three games and Carlos Santana has eight RBI in his last three games. Trevor Bauer gets the ball, and he’s 4-5 with a 3.93 ERA and has 82 strikeouts in 84.2 innings. This is Bauer’s second career game against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 6-1 in Iwakuma's last 7 road starts and 17-8 in Iwakuma's last 25 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Indians are 5-1 in Bauer's last 6 home starts and 4-1 in Bauer's last 5 starts overall. The Mariners are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Cleveland.
It's about time the Mariners turn things around, and they have the pitcher on the mound who can help them do just that. Seattle should get the win here.