The Major League Baseball has all eyes on them on Friday as neither the NBA or NHL playoffs are in action. This means all eyes will be on each game taking place around the league from the double header in Baltimore starting at 1:05pm ET to the last game taking the field at 10:15pm ET as the Atlanta Braves take on the Giants out in San Francisco.
The contest we will have our eyes on is the Cleveland Indians taking on the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. While we would have loved a Corey Kluber verse Felix Hernandez matchup we will settle for just one of them. Kluber will look to continue his success of late as he looks to improve his 2-5 record.
Now before you jump to the wrong conclusion Kluber has been brilliant of late and looks like the Cy Young he was last season. Over his last three outings, Kluber is 2-0 allowing just two earned runs over 25 innings. The Indians ace posted 30 strikeouts over a two game stretch including 18 against the St. Louis Cardinals back on May 13th.
As we look a little deeper into the matchup for Kluber we took a look back at which Mariners have faced him in his young career. Overall the Mariners are hitting just .200 off of him with 12 hits in 60 at bats with five doubles, one home run, three runs batted in and 16 strikeouts. Nelson Cruz has posted the best numbers off of him going four for 13 with two doubles and one home run. Other key names include Robinson Cano who has just two hits in seven at bats and Austin Jackson who has just four hits in 18 at bats.
The Mariners will look to counter the Indians ace by sending out James Paxton who will be making his 10th start of the season. No he isn’t King Felix but he has been solid this season posting a 3-2 record with a 3.52 earned run average over 53.2 innings pitched. Paxton could have an even better record if the Mariners offense could have scored some runs. In three of his starts this season he allowed two or fewer runs and a fourth game in which the defense helped create additional unearned runs.
Looking at this from a betting angle the trends are all over the place starting with the Indians 2-7 record the last nine times they have played in Seattle. The Indians have also struggled on the road when Kluber has been on the mound as they have yet to win a game in five starts. The Mariners on the other hand are 9-3 in Paxton’s 12 career home starts.
For us we will be tuned into see whether or not Kluber can continue his recent success!