The Seattle Mariners have reeled off six straight wins, sweeping sets with the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros. Monday’s MLB betting has Eric Wedge’s club hosting an opener with the Cleveland Indians, who send Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4, 4.56 ERA) against Seattle’s Aaron Harang (4-8, 5.38 ERA).
M’s stay hot in Houston
Seattle’s latest win came in Sunday’s 12-5 triumph over the Houston Astros, cashing as a minus 200 road choice. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez saw his mates slug their way to a 10-0 lead in five frames, including a grand slam from second baseman Nick Franklin.
Cleveland also ended its weekend with a victory, cruising in Sunday’s 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Indians mates Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley drove in three runs each, leading their club to collect as a 137 road favorite.
Harang lit up at home
Harang ended his season’s first half on July 10, with Seattle’s 11-4 defeat to the Boston Red Sox. The 12th-year veteran was lit up for seven runs in five innings, giving up eight hits and three walks.
Seattle’s Kendrys Morales poked one of his side’s five doubles, finishing 1-for-4 from his lineup’s cleanup spot. Mariners mates Justin Smoak and Henry Blanco logged one RBI each, while shortstop Brendan Ryan drilled his season’s third homer.
Jimenez shelled early
Jimenez has been idle since July 14, notching a no-decision in Cleveland’s 6-4 win as 107 home ‘chalk’ to the Kansas City Royals. The Dominican Republic native allowed four runs on eight hits, departing after four innings.
Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera drove in his side’s tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the sixth frame, coming away with a 3-for-5 day. Indians reliever Rich Hill picked up his staff’s victory, while closer Chris Perez tossed two strikeouts in the ninth inning for his 13th save.
Back the Indians on the road
William Hill opened the MLB odds for this duel at a pick’em, while other betting shops posted early 115 leans to
Harang. The ‘total’ was first listed at a flat eight, holding steady after initial action was mixed.
I am backing Cleveland in this spot, looking for Terry Francona’s club to end the Mariners’ winning streak.
Jimenez has held his own in recent road spots, allowing nine earned runs over his last four starts away from home (20 1/3 IP). Cleveland went on to collect at a 3-1 clip in that stretch, including a pair of cashed tickets as underdogs.
Harang’s lack of consistency could worsen even further from an extended layoff. The 35-year-old began the season giving up 16 earned runs over his first 12 2/3 IP, while going into the break with just one winning decision in his last five home starts.
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Cleveland’s Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds have one homer each in a combined 15 at-bat’s facing Harang’s arm, while outfielder Michael Bourn has hit 10-for-29 with four extra-base hits. The Indians have cashed at 6-2 in their last eight series openers, while going 19-7 in the club’s last 26 spots against foes with losing records.
Cleveland notched a four-game home sweep in May of the Mariners, outscoring Morales and Co. by a combined 27-15 margin. Jimenez held Seattle’s lineup to two runs over five frames in one affair, leading to a cashed ticket as a 159 favorite.
Look for Jimenez to get the money again here at a lower premium, handing Seattle another losing ticket in its 1-5 mark over the team's last six home dates against clubs with winning records.
Free Pick: Cleveland Indians -110 at William Hill