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Indians Head West to Face Slumping Mariners

Seattle Stuck in Four-Game Slide

The Cleveland Indians try to extend their three-game winning streak when they begin a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. The first pitch of the series opener is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.

Cleveland is coming off a two-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs, winning a 2-1 decision in 10 innings on Wednesday. The Indians are 20-14 and in second place in the American League Central, just one game behind the first-place Chicago White Sox coming into Thursday’s action.

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Seattle has dropped four in a row, including two straight to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mariners fell to 18-19 with Wednesday’s 7-1 loss to the defending World Series champs, putting them in third place in the AL West, two games behind the second-place Houston Astros.

The MLB odds for Thursday’s series opener have the Indians with a moneyline of -119, while the Mariners are at +109. The over/under for this contest has been set at 7½ runs.

Heating Up

Right-hander Zach Plesac will be on the mound for the series opener for Cleveland, as he looks to improve on a 2-3 record and 3.83 ERA. Plesac has 31 strikeouts and seven walks in 40 innings of work.

He took a no-decision in his last outing despite dominating the Cincinnati Reds, holding them to just three hits over eight shutout innings while striking out seven and walking none. Unfortunately, that wasn’t good enough against Cincinnati’s Wade Miley, who threw a no-hitter.

The Indians have rebounded from that game, their second time being no-hit this season, to win their next three. Cleveland had just enough to eke out a win against the Cubs on Wednesday, the team’s eighth win in nine games.

“We believe in our team, man,” pitcher James Karinchak said after Wednesday’s victory. “We did that since spring training, we always thought we were going to win and I think we’re going to keep winning.”

Third baseman Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 10 home runs, including one in Tuesday’s win over the Cubs. He also has four doubles and a triple as well as 20 RBIs.

Outfielder Franmil Reyes is batting .265 with six doubles, two triples, eight home runs and a team-high 23 RBIs.

New Beginning

The Mariners are bringing up a couple of highly touted prospects for Thursday’s game, including starting pitcher Logan Gilbert. He was the No. 14 pick in the 2018 amateur draft, and the 24-year-old right-hander is making his major league debut after just one start in Triple-A.

Gilbert pitched for the Tacoma Rainiers on Friday, going five innings and allowing one run on four hits while striking out five and walking none.

Seattle Mariners will also have outfielder Jarred Kelenic making his major league debut on Thursday. The No. 6 pick in the 2018 amateur draft is also coming from Tacoma and is expected to start in left field and bat leadoff.

The Mariners could use the boost after dropping seven of their last 10. Seattle has the worst team batting average in baseball at .204 entering Thursday’s action, though the Indians are just above it in 29th at .209.

Outfielder Mitch Haniger has been hot of late, leading the team with a .259 average, 10 home runs and 27 RBIs. Haniger had a four-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday, going 0-for-3, but that was one game after he had two home runs in a loss to the Dodgers.

Mariners Snap Streak

Seattle could use some energy, and its two prospects making their debuts is going to do it. The Indians don’t have a lot of offense these days, which should make things a little easier for Gilbert in his first start.

When making your MLB betting picks, take the Mariners to win the series opener.

Pick: Seattle Mariners +109

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