The Mariners play their next four in Cleveland, a club they split (4-4) with in 2012. Brandon Maurer (2-5) starts it off for Seattle vs. Ubaldo Jimenez, 2-0 against the M’s.
GAME: Mariners (20-21, 2nd, AL West, -7-0 GB) at Indians (22-17, T1, AL Central). GAME #: 42. SERIES: 1st of 4 games. MEETING: 1st (Mariners and Indians tied 2012 series 4-4). WHEN: Friday, 4:05 p.m., Progressive Field. STREAKS: Mariners W 2; Indians W 1. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
Brandon Maurer, the 22-year-old still trying to get acclimated to the majors after making the leap from AA Jackson, will face the Cleveland Indians for the first time in his career Friday when the Mariners, suddenly in second place in the AL West after taking two of three from the Yankees in New York, open a four-game series at Progressive Field.
Maurer (2-5) is looking for his first road victory and has been inconsistent all season. Maurer faces a club that has been battling Detroit for the AL Central lead for the first month an a half, and a pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez, who will be seeking his fourth consecutive victory.
Besides that, the Indians rank third in the American League in runs per game, first in slugging and first in overall defense, according to Baseball Prospectus’ park-adjusted defensive efficiency.
The Mariners (20-21), who took over sole possession of second place in the division Thursday by beating the Yankees 3-2, have a chance Friday to reach .500 for the first time since April 8 when they were 4-4. Seattle has won 12 of its past 18 games and has posted a 5-0-1 mark in its last six series after going 0-5-2 in its first seven.
MARINERS: RHP Brandon Maurer (2-5, 5.97 ERA, 1.47 WHIP)
Maurer, a Newport Beach, CA., native in his first major league season, makes his eighth start and first against the Yankees. Maurer allowed three earned runs in 5.0 innings in his last start, but came away with his second consecutive loss. He pitched his best game April 25 when he defeated the Angels 6-0. He has allowed four or more earned runs three times.
INDIANS: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2, 5.55 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)
The 29-year-old Jimenez, a Dominican native in his eighth major league season and third with Cleveland, will make his eighth start and first against the Mariners. After two losses and two no-decisions to open the season, Jimenez has won his past three starts, allowing just three earned runs. He has recorded 16 strikeouts in his past two outings vs. four walks.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|5/17||Fri||at Clev||RHP Brandon Maurer (2-5) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2)|
|5/18||Sat||at Clev||LHP Joe Saunders (3-4) vs. RHP Zach McAllister (3-3)|
|5/19||Sun||at Clev||RHP Felix Hernandez (5-2) vs. RHP Justin Masterson (6-2)|
|5/20||Mon||at Clev||RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (4-1) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (2-1)|
|5/21||Tue||at LAA||RHP Aaron Harang (1-4) vs. TBA|
|5/22||Wed||at LAA||RHP Brandon Maurer (2-5) vs. TBA|