Series Preview: Indians vs. Mariners

How about those Indians? After the past week the mood should definitely be changing in Cleveland. What a difference one trip through the rotation can make! After giving up 10 runs on 11 hits in his first start Fausto Carmona finds his form and goes seven strong allowing two hits and no runs in the series finale. Josh Tomlin also went seven strong in the series opener allowing one run and in the middle game the Tribe broke out the bats en route to an 8-4 win. Now it’s on to the left coast and a familiar face in Mariner’s manager Eric Wedge!

April 8-10, 2010

Safeco Field

Scouting Report

  • Seattle – Seattle, like Cleveland, was expected to struggle this season and they have done just that. Seattle started off hot topping Oakland 6-2 on Opening Day and 5-2 the following night. However, they failed to nail down the sweet and have lost four straight and have labored to get runs across the plate, only scoring just ten through that four game stretch. Even worse, a team batting average of just .233. The Mariners should be able to breathe easy though as 13 of their next 17 games are at home and emotions should be on high tonight in the club’s home opener. It will also be manager Eric Wedge’s first game against his former club, which he took to the 2007 ALCS and eventually fell to the Red Sox.
  • After a lackluster debut on opening weekend, the Tribe has rebounded nicely by winning four straight, including a sweep of a Boston team who many predicted to be the best in the American League. The starting pitching was key, the defense committed just two errors throughout the series and the offense used timely hitting and a squeeze play en route to the sweep.Thus far, all aspects of the Indians success have been a pleasant surprise just six games into the young season. Against a struggling Mariners team, hopefully that will continue.

Pitching Match-up

Game 1: Carlos Carrasco vs. Justin Vargas

  • Carlos Carrasco  0-1, 9.45 ERA

Carrasco’s debut as the Indians number two starter was disappointing at best. He was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. Five runs came in his first two frames. After that, Carrasco settled down and found more success by using his breaking ball earlier in the count.  He has never faced the Mariners but will look to take advantage of the cold bats that have produced just two home runs this season. Carrasco will also look to emulate Carmona’s turnaround in his second start as well, and he’s in a great situation to do so.

  • Justin Vargas  0-0, 1.35 ERA

Vargas takes the hill in the Mariners’ home opener as the No. 2 starter for Seattle behind Felix Hernandez. He lived up to that billing with 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a no-decision on Saturday in Oakland. He is 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA in his career versus Cleveland.

Game 2: Justin Masterson vs. Doug Fister

  • Justin Masterson  1-0, 1.29 ERA

Masterson’s sinker was working effectively in his season debut on Sunday, when he held the White Sox to one run over seven innings. He didn’t have a strikeout, but he kept his defense behind him busy yielding 16 ground ball outs.

  • Doug Fister  0-1, 3.18 ERA

Fister makes his second start of the season after giving up eight hits and two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings during a 7-1 setback at Oakland on Sunday. The right-hander pitches well at Safeco Field, where his career ERA is 3.64 vs. 4.86 on the road and he will get changes to do so as the Mariners will have a significant home stretch in the near future.

Game 3: Josh Tomlin vs. Eric Bedard

  • Josh Tomlin 1-0, 1.29 ERA

Tomlin held Boston’s powerful lineup in check on Tuesday, logging seven innings and yielding only one run for a win in his 2011 debut. The righty was especially tough on lefties, who went just 2-for-15 with him on the hill. He youngster also showed poise on the mound. In the top of the third with two on and no outs and the Tribe clinging to a 3-2 lead, he was able to strikeout Kevin Youkilis, get David Ortiz to line-out on a broken bat line drive and get J.D. Drew looking to preserve the lead.

  • Eric Bedard  0-1 5.40 ERA

Bedard pitched fairly well in his debut in Texas, given it was his first appearance in 20 months due to shoulder issues. He allowed four hits and three earned runs in five innings. His last previous start was July 25, 2009 vs. the Indians.

Probable Lineups

Cleveland:

1. CF Michael Brantley

2. SS Asdrubal Cabrera

3. RF Shin-Soo Choo

4. C    Carlos Santana

5. DH Travis Hafner

6. 2B Orlando Cabrera

7. LF Austin Kearns

8. 1B Matt LaPorta

9. 3B Jack Hannahan

Seattle

1. RF Ichiro Suzuki

2. 3B Chone Figgins

3. LF Milton Bradley

4. DH Jack Cust

5. 1B Justin Smoak

6. C   Miguel Olivo

7. 2B Adam Kennedy

8. SS Brendan Ryan

9. CF Ryan Langerhans

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