The Seattle Mariners are trying to get back into the swing of things. They have struggled to begin the season as they are fourth in the AL West with a 3-5 record. The Mariners are sending lefty Marco Gonzales to the mound here. Gonzales is coming off a no-decision against the Cleveland Guardians and threw five innings, allowing four runs on six hits with two walks and one strikeout.
The Cleveland Guardians are looking to bounce back after a 5-3 loss on Friday and are second in the AL Central with a 5-3 record right now. Righty Cal Quantrill will get the start here for the team and did not factor into the decision as he allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work.
Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland Guardians: Betting Odds
|Seattle Mariners||+1.5 (-175)||Over 8.5 (-105)||+120|
|San Francisco Giants||-1.5 (+150)||Under 8.5 (-115)||-140|
Odds Courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
The Seattle Mariners have been a below-average offensive team to this point and are 21st in the majors with a .678 team OPS and averaging 4.25 runs per game so far. They have been aggressive at the plate, as they have only drawn 20 walks through their first eight games. Center fielder Julio Rodriguez has been doing well with a .913 OPS with two home runs, four RBI, eight runs scored and three stolen bases on four attempts up to this point.
Marco Gonzales is looking to improve this season after a tough start as number one, according to his Baseball Savant page. He has an 87.7 MPH average exit velocity, 27.8 sweet spot percentage, 22.2 hard hit percentage and a 9.5 walk percentage. Gonzales throws four different pitches (fastball, changeup, cutter, curveball), and his cutter was hit the most as they went 4-for-7 off of it with a homer. The Guardians can be tough to get out as they have a lot of solid hitters, so it will be interesting to see how his stuff looks.
The Cleveland Guardians have been a middle-of-the-pack offensive team this year. They are 19th in MLB with a .687 team OPS, scoring 5.13 runs per game. First baseman Josh Naylor has been hitting well and has a .320/.370/.560 slashline with two homers, five RBI and a pair of runs scored thus far.
Cal Quantrill is looking to bounce back after a tough start to the season, according to his Baseball Savant page. He has a 15.8 barrel percentage, a 12.5 strikeout percentage, an 8.3 walk percentage and a 9.51 xERA. Quantrill relies on three pitches (sinker, cutter, changeup), and his cutter was hit the most as hitters are 5-for-11 against it with two extra-base hits. It will be interesting to see how he responds to facing this Mariners lineup for a second consecutive start.
Fixture: Seattle Mariners @ Cleveland Guardians
Date & Time: Saturday, April 8, 6:10 p.m. EDT
Venue: Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio
Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland Guardians: Betting Prediction
In order to win, you need to be able to hit, and there seems to be a difference in the first week of the regular season as Cleveland is 16th with a .249 team batting average, while Seattle is down at 25th with a .229 team batting average thus far. The ability to not chase pitches out of the zone is critical, and the Guardians are sixth with 34 walks as a team, while the Mariners are down at 22nd with just 20 walks as a team throughout the season. All in all, go with the Cleveland Guardians to win this game.