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Jason Vargas out to silence Indians bats in MLB contest

Cleveland IndiansSeattle Mariners
April 18, 10:10 PM | GrassSafeco Field

Cleveland Indians vs Seattle Mariners Odds

5-4TEAM RECORD6-6

Cleveland pays a visit to Seattle on Wednesday, hoping to shut down the Mariners bats in baseball action at Safeco Field.

Derek Lowe, with a record of 2-0 on the season, gets the ball for the Indians, while the Mariners trot Jason Vargas to the mound in this one. He is 1-1 so far in 2012.

View Cleveland vs Seattle Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Mariners as -105 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 7.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Mariners - Indians odds would favor the Indians if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Seattle is rated No. 7 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Cleveland is at No. 3 in the American League.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Seattle owns the No. 12 ranking for hits in the American League at 8 per game. By contrast, the Indians are rated No. 2 in the same category at 9.6 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Seattle has the American League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Indians own the American League's No. 14 mark in runs allowed.

The Indians were a 9-8 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Mariners. That made winners of bettors who got Cleveland at -110 on the moneyline, while the total score (17) was good news for OVER bettors. Cleveland rolled to a 9-8 win against Seattle on Tuesday, as Justin Masterson and the Indians' bats led the team to victory at Safeco Field.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Seattle are 6-4
After playing Seattle are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Seattle Mariners Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 3-7
After playing Cleveland are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Indians at Mariners trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games when playing Seattle
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Cleveland's last 11 games on the road
Cleveland is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Seattle
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Seattle's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games
Seattle is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Seattle, Thursday, April 19