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Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/15/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners
Date & Time Monday April 15, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)
Location
T-Mobile Park
Seattle, WA
The Line
Seattle Mariners -105 / Cleveland Indians -116
TV Channel
ROOT-Northwest, SportsTime Ohio
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The Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from T-Mobile Park on Monday night.

The Cleveland Indians will look to bounce back after being swept by the Kansas City Royals over the weekend after a 9-8 defeat in the series finale on Sunday. Jake Bauers and Tyler Naquin each had two RBIs while Leonys Martin went 3 for 5 with a solo home run and Hanley Ramirez and Brad Miller each had an RBI as well. Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez each had a double while Carlos Gonzalez and Jose Ramirez each contributed a base knock as well in the defeat. Corey Kluber allowed six runs on six hits while walking five and striking out four over 2.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brad Hand ended up taking the loss in walk-off fashion, falling to 0-1 on the year. Trevor Bauer will start game one and is 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bauer is 1-4 with a 4.60 ERA and 48 strikeouts against Seattle.

The Seattle Mariners will also look to rebound after being swept by the Houston Astros, including a 3-2 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Mitch Haniger led the Mariners by going 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a double while Domingo Santana added a double and an RBI of his own as well in the losing effort. Tim Beckham chipped in a base hit of his own as Seattle mustered up just four hits as a team in defeat. Marco Gonzales gave up two runs on five hits over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brandon Brennan ended up with the loss in relief, falling to 1-1 on the year in the process. Yusei Kikuchi will start the opener and is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Kikuchi’s first career start against Cleveland.

Cleveland is 8-3 in Bauer’s last 11 starts and 3-7 in their last 10 road games while the under is 43-9-7 in Bauer’s last 59 road starts. Seattle is 16-5 in their last 21 games overall and 13-3 in their last 16 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 7-0-1 in their last 8 games against the AL Central. Cleveland is 1-6 in Bauer’s last 7 starts against Seattle and 1-4 in Bauer’s last 5 road starts against Seattle.

I get that Bauer is the more known commodity on the mound in this matchup, but to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure why Cleveland is favored here. Yes, both teams are coming off of being swept over the weekend and Cleveland broke out of their funk offensively on Sunday, but the same Royals that swept Cleveland were swept in a four game series at home against the Mariners the series prior. Bauer also hasn’t had much luck in his career against the Mariners, so I’ll take Seattle at home in this one.

Pick:
Seattle Mariners -105

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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