The Indians and Mariners have split the first two games of a four-game series in Seattle. How are we betting Saturday night's Game 3?
Indians-Mariners Saturday Betting Odds
In the early MLB odds Seattle and Roenis Elias were favored by around -130 over Cleveland and newly added Shaun Marcum, with an OVER/UNDER of eight runs.
Cleveland took the opener of this four-game series Thursday night 5-3, but Seattle hung on to take Game 2 Friday night 2-1. Mariners closer Fernando Rodney almost blew the save Friday, but stranded the tying run on third base to secure the victory.
Seattle's Robinson Cano missed his second straight game Friday night with an illness, and his status for Saturday's game is uncertain.
Bigger-picture, the Mariners have won six of their last eight games, while the Indians, who recently won six in a row, have lost three of their last five.
Lefty Elias (2-1, 2.56) is four-for-six on quality starts this season, working on a string of four in a row. Monday he held Tampa to one run through six innings, and over his last four starts, covering 27 innings, he's allowed just six runs. After losing his first four starts, mainly because of poor run support, Seattle has won his last two. Also, each of Elias' six starts have played UNDER the totals.
In his one career start against Cleveland, last June, Elias gave up five runs in six innings of a 5-0 Mariners loss.
Marcum (1-0, 6.28), who just joined the Indians rotation 10 days ago, after missing all of last season, is one-for-two on quality starts. First, he held the White Sox to two runs through 6 2/3 innings; but Monday he got touched for seven runs in less than three innings against Texas. Cleveland split those two games.
This will be Marcum's first start against Seattle since 2008, when he was with Toronto.
Saturday's Free Picks
Elias owns the advantage in the pitching match-up, and that's good enough for us. Also, games played at Safeco Field are 14-8 on the UNDERS this season, averaging just over seven runs per, so we're thinking UNDER for our MLB picks.