MLB Pick: Indians' Trevor Bauer vs. Mariners' Chris Young

Jeff Grant

Friday, June 27, 2014 1:06 PM GMT

Trevor Bauer is still searching for his first professional victory on the road, which provides the Seattle Mariners a huge edge over the Cleveland Indians in Friday night’s series opener. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League affair at Safeco Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET.

Back in the win column
Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak by earning a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks as -130 road favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in that span.

The Indians haven’t lost a season series against the Mariners since 2010, but it’s important to point out that they’ve compiled a 5-12 record as underdogs of +100 to +125 this season when playing away from Progressive Field.

Catcher Yan Gomes is one of the more important players for MLB handicappers to concentrate on in his matchup, considering he’s 8 for 17 with three round trippers in his last four games in this series.


Doing it with the long ball
Seattle enters this series 6.5 games back of the Oakland Athletics in the AL West standings, but it has an opportunity to cut into that lead due to its recent power surge—hitting 11 home runs in its last six affairs.

The Mariners will be led offensively by the play of third baseman Kyle Seager, who has gone 16 for 27 at the plate with 15 RBIs in his last seven games played at this venue.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a dominating 32-14 at home with a money line of -100 to -125.


Bauer
Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (2-3, 4.40 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 5-4 home defeat to the Detroit Tigers last Saturday, as he surrendered four runs and eight hits over 6.1 innings of work.

The right-hander is still seeking his first career win on the road—compiling a 0-4 record and 7.53 ERA in that situation.

Bauer was 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA in seven outings at Triple-A Columbus this season, as he prepares to face the Mariners for the first time as a professional.


Young
Mariners starting pitcher Chris Young (6-4, 3.23 ERA) has allowed just one run and seven hits over his last 13 combined frames, while issuing two walks and striking out eight batters in that span.

The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in seven home appearances, with opposing hitters batting just .173 against him (.255 on the road).

Young recorded a win in his only lifetime start against the Indians in 2005—tossing eight shutout innings.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Mariners as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won eight of their last 10 games following an off day, while the Indians are a forgettable 12-29 on the road versus teams with a winning record.
Pick:  Seattle Mariners

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