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The Cleveland Indians (32-27) return home for tonight’s game after going 2-3 on a five game road swing through Baltimore and St. Louis. After taking the opener against the Cardinals 10-1, the Indians struggled to solve Adam Wainwright, falling 8-2 in the series finale. Eddie Rosario’s RBI double and Hanley Ramirez’s sacrifice fly gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but St. Louis answered with four runs in the bottom of the first. Cleveland did not record a hit after the first inning, striking out in seven at bats.
The Indians will host the Mariners (31-33), who finished up their series with Detroit last night after press time. The Tigers took the opener of the series 5-3, and the Mariners responded with a 9-6 win in 11 innings. Jake Fraley saved the game with an incredible ninth inning catch, and then drove in the game winning run as the Tigers plated five runs in the top of the 11th inning. Kyle Seager added a three run homer in the win.
The Mariners took three out of four against the Indians earlier this season. Justin Dunn has not faced the Indians, but the Mariners have faced Aaron Civale, plating five runs on seven hits in a 7-3 win over the Indians on May 14.
The Mariners will be without shortstop Dylan Moore, right fielder Kyle Lewis, and first baseman Evan White in the series. The Indians are healthy for the series.
Dunn, M’s Look to Continue Dominance Over Cleveland
Justin Dunn will make his 10th start of the season tonight against Cleveland, and he is looking to keep putting up stingy numbers. Over his past three starts, Dunn has allowed just four earned runs and eight hits in 16.1 innings while recording 21 strikeouts. Unfortunately, Dunn is 0-1 in those starts due to a lack of run support and bullpen collapses. This season, Dunn has allowed 16 earned runs, five home runs, and 27 hits over 45.1 innings. He has walked 27 and recorded 45 strikeouts. Opponents have batted .168 against Dunn this season, with a .196 BABIP and a 36.8% hard hit rate.
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The Mariners bullpen has been solid so far this season, posting an 15-11 record with 17 saves, a 4.27 ERA and a 1.252 WHIP. The relief corps has worked 240.1 innings, allowing 114 earned runs on 215 hits while walking 86 and striking out 241.
As a team, the Mariners have slashed .237/.315/.396 with six home runs, 32 RBI, 19 walks, and 64 strikeouts over the past seven days. Against right handed pitching, Seattle has hit .210/.289/.381 with 55 homers and 183 RBI in 45 games. On the road, the Mariners have slashed .225/.294/.389 with 38 home runs and 128 RBI in 32 games.
Individually, JP Crawford leads the team in hitting with a .429/.517/.762 slash line, a home run and five RBI over the past seven days. Mitch Haniger leads the team against righties, posting a .267/.316/.506 slash line with 10 home runs and 29 RBI. Crawford also leads the team with a .328/.385/.474 slash line, two home runs, and 16 RBI on the road this season.
Indians Send Civale to the Bump to Face Mariners
Aaron Civale will make his 13th start of the season tonight against the Mariners, a team that roughed him up earlier this season. Back on May 14, the Mariners scored five runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings against Civale, including two home runs. Over his last two starts, Civale has surrendered five long balls and eight earned runs in 12 innings. On the season, Civale has pitched 80.0 innings, allowing 31 earned runs, 13 home runs, and 68 hits while walking 18 and recording 58 strikeouts. He brings a 4.56 FIP and a 1.075 WHIP into tonight’s game. Opponents have hit .232 against the young right hander, with a .244 BABIP and a 39.7% hard hit rate.
The Cleveland bullpen enters tonight’s game with an 11-8 record and 18 saves. The relief corp has compiled a 3.34 ERA and a 1.290 WHIP in 210.0 innings. The pitchers have combined to allow 78 earned runs on 171 hits, with 24 of those hits being home runs. They have struck out 251 and walked 100 hitters.
Offensively, the Indians have slashed .264/.300/.444 with six homers and 27 RBI over the past seven games. They have walked seven times while striking out in 47 at bats. Against righties this season, Cleveland has slashed .227/.294/.380 with 32 bombs and 115 RBI in 32 games. At home, the Indians have slashed .217/.289/.375 with 27 home runs and 100 RBI.
Eddie Rosario leads the Indians with a .400/.429/.500 slash line and four RBI over the past seven days. Josh Naylor has slashed .286/.325/.454 with four homers and 12 RBI against right handers this year. Amed Rosario leads the team with a .267/.360/.427 slash line, two homers and nine RBI at home this season.
- Cleveland: Indians are 0-5 in their last 5 Friday games.
- Cleveland: Indians are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series.
- Seattle: Mariners are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series.
- Seattle: N/A