Preview Indians vs Mariners 22nd Sep 2017
The Indians have been the hottest team in baseball, recently coming off a 22-game winning streak.
In first place and the best record in the AL, the Cleveland Indians have a playoff spot secured. The Seattle Mariners are trying to finish strong and reach .500 for the season.
This weeks series starts on the 22nd September @ Mariners.
- Friday’s game features Carlos Carrasco for the Indians versus Erasmo Ramirez for the Mariners. Carrasco is 16-6 with a 3.48 ERA. He’s 4-0 over the last four decisions and has struck out 206 for the season. Ramirez has lost his last two decisions, and is 5-6 with a 4.56 ERA.
- On Saturday, Corey Kluber is on the mound for the Indians against Marco Gonzales for the Mariners. Kluber is perhaps the top Cy Young Award candidate in the AL, coming in at 17-4 with a 2.35 ERA and 252 strikeouts in 191 2/3 innings. Gonzales is 1-1 with a 6.62 ERA and has allowed 52 hits and seven home runs in 34 innings.
- In Sunday’s finale, Mike Clevinger is on the mound for the Indians versus Mike Leake for the Mariners. Clevinger has a mediocre 11-11 record, but a solid 3.13 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 118 1/3 innings. Leake is 2-1 with the Mariners, and is 10-12 with a 3.91 ERA for the season. A control pitcher, he’s issued only 37 walks in 179 innings.
Offensively, Edwin Encarnacion leads the power surge for the Indians with 36 home runs and 96 RBI. Francisco Lindor adds to the threat with 30 home runs and 81 RBI, while Jose Ramirez has added 31 home runs and a .314 batting average.
Nelson Cruz is the top offensive force for the Mariners with 33 home runs and 110 RBI. Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano have always found the seats with regularity, hitting 25 and 21 home runs, respectively. Jean Segura leads the team with a .295 batting average.
Cut to the Chase Prediction
The Mariners can hang tough with the Indians at the plate, but the Indians are far superior on the mound. Look for two of three for the Indians with a chance at a sweep.
NB the statistics are for games through Tuesday, September 19.