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Game Of The Week: Indians vs. Mariners May 31st

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The Matchup:

The Seattle Mariners will host a four game weekend series this week against the Cleveland Indians at Safeco Field. Both the Mariners and Indians have had “ups and downs” this season. The Mariners are currently in third place in the American League West Division, eight games behind the division leading Houston Astros. The Indians are currently in fourth place in the American League Central Division, eight games behind the division leading Kansas City Royals.

Last Season:

Seattle Mariners:

In 2014 the Seattle Mariners obtained All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano but the Seattle Mariners finished (87-75)and in third place in the AL West coming just short of making the playoffs.

Cleveland Indians:

The Indians finished in third place of the AL Central with a record of (85-77). They failed to make a run in the postseason after earning a Wild Card berth in 2013.

Managers:

Seattle Mariners:

Lloyd McClendon has been the Manager of the Seattle Mariners since the fall of 2013 with 2014 being his first full season with the club. Before being named as the Manager of Seattle, McLendon was a hitting coach and then manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2000 until 2005. He then went to Detroit where he held the positions of bullpen coach, temporary bench coach and then hitting coach. In his seven seasons as the hitting coach he had a player win the batting title in four of those seasons. McClendon also spent over fifteen seasons playing professional ball, originally being drafted by the New York Mets in 1980, and then spent time with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cleveland Indians until he retired in 1995.

Cleveland Indians:

Terry Francona was hired as the Manager of the Indians in October 2012. In his first season with the team in 2013, Francona led the club to a 92-70 record and played in the American League Wild Card game and was also named as the American League Manager of the Year for helping the team to a twenty four win improvement on the previous season. He also signed a two year extension in November 2014 as Cleveland saw a promising future for Francona and the team. Francona also managed the Boston Red Sox leading them to the World Series in 2004 and also passed both the 500 and 1,000 win category as a Manager while with the Sox.

Additions/Subtractions:

Seattle Mariners:

Since the 2014 season the Mariners have made a few acquisitions as well as lost a few players as well. One key addition to the team is DH Nelson Cruz who they got off of free agency and so far it is paying off quite well as he is currently slugging .352 along with seventeen homers and thirty four RBIs. The Mariners also acquired J.A. Happ in a trade with Toronto when they sent outfielder Michael Saunders to the Blue Jays. Outfielder Seth Smith was also acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres as they lost Brandon Maurer. One other loss that the Mariners suffered in the offseason was DH Kendrys Morales but, with the gain of Cruz, it doesn’t seem like the team is actually missing Morales.

Cleveland Indians:

One roster change that the Indians had was in February 2015 when DH Jason Giambi retired but, there were also a few additions as well. The Indians traded second baseman Joe Wendle to the Oakland A’s in exchange for utility player Brandon Moss. RHP Gavin Floyd was also acquired by the Indians as a free agent with a one year deal after playing the Braves last season.

Prospects:

Seattle Mariners:

The Seattle Mariners top prospect is outfielder Alex Jackson. Jackson was drafted in the first round, sixth overall, in the 2014 MLB Draft while playing with Rancho Bernardo High School in California. He had committed to the University of Oregon but decided to forego a collegiate career to play with the Mariners. After signing in June 2014 he then went and played in the Arizona Rookie League where he played twenty three games maintaining a .280 batting average along with sixteen RBIs and two homers. So far in 2015 he is playing with Clinton LumberKings, the Class A Affiliate of the Mariners, where he is batting just .157 batting average with thirteen RBIs in twenty eight games. He is ranked as the twenty seventh best prospect in the top 100 prospects in the Minors.

Cleveland Indians:

Shortstop Francisco Lindor is the the top prospect for the Cleveland Indians. The Puerto Rican born Lindor, was drafted in the first round, eighth overall, in the 2011 MLB Draft while playing at Monteverde High School. In 2012 he played with the Class A Lake County Captains where he stole twenty seven bases and had a .257 average. In 2013 he was promoted to the Class A Advanced Carolina Mudcats at the beginning of the year and then in July was promoted to Double-A Akron Aeros, that season he had a .303 batting average, twenty five stolen bases and thirty four RBIs.In 2014 Lindor was promoted to the Columbus Clippers where he also began the 2015 season. So far in 2015 he has played in 41 games, averaging .253 along with eighteen RBIs and seven stolen bases and one homer.

 

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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