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Encarnacion, Mariners hoping to break through against Indians

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Seattle Mariners at Cleveland Indians

  1. The Mariners have lost four straight games by 14, 13, 1 and 11 runs. They are the first team to lose four straight games with at least three coming by more than 10 runs since the 1890 Philadelphia Athletics, an American Association team in its final week of existence.
  2. The Indians split a two-game series with the Marlins this week. Cleveland has held opponents to four runs or fewer in eight straight games, tied for the second-longest such streak by any team this season (Pirates, 10 straight).
  3. Cleveland swept Seattle in a three-game set from April 15-17, holding the Mariners to a combined six runs in the series. The Mariners won three of four in Cleveland last season as they outscored the Indians, 8.0-4.5, on average.
  4. Mitch Haniger has just one hit in his last 22 at-bats dating back to April 23. Haniger has slashed .341/.431/.727 in 12 games against the Indians in his career, with six RBI and eight extra-base hits.
  5. Carlos Santana has homered in three straight games, hitting .462 with just one strikeout. It is the fourth time in his career he has hit a home run in three straight games -- he has never extended his streak to four games.
  6. Shane Bieber lasted six innings in his first career start against the Mariners on April 16, allowing one run and four hits in a 4-2 Indians win. Bieber's .182 opponent batting average ranks eighth in MLB among qualifying pitchers this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/3/2019 thru 5/5/2019

Edwin Encarnacion admitted this may have been the craziest offseason of his 15-year major league career.

Encarnacion was traded from Cleveland to Seattle on Dec. 13 for Carlos Santana, who had been acquired by the Mariners 10 days earlier from Philadelphia as part of the Jean Segura deal.

So forgive Encarnacion if he figured his time in Seattle might be brief, with the Mariners in what they called a "step-back" mode in trying to acquire talented young players that could help them win in 2020 and beyond.

"It was crazy," Encarnacion told of his offseason. "Especially in the situation where I was having a baby coming and I don't know where I'm going to be. Are they going to trade me? No. Yes. No. That was the situation. But now I'm here, and I'm enjoying it."

Encarnacion, who welcomed son Edwin Jr. on Jan. 29, made his return to Progressive Field on Friday night as the Mariners opened a three-game series in Cleveland. The Indians won the opener 2-1 on pinch-hitter Tyler Naquin's run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Encarnacion is batting .231 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs this season.

"Edwin doesn't give away at-bats, that's for sure," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He's really professional, grinding through at-bats, knowing what he's looking for, knowing how guys are going to approach him. He certainly doesn't get cheated at the plate. I've been really impressed with him since we had him. Not knowing what the future looked like, I think he's done things the right way."

It remains to be seen if Encarnacion, in the final season of a three-year, $60 million deal, will stay in Seattle past the July 31 trade deadline.

"I'm not thinking about that anymore," he told "I just try to do my job and do the things I can control. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, I don't think about it."

The Mariners have lost five games in a row, scoring just eight runs in the process.

Right-hander Mike Leake (2-2, 4.98 ERA) will attempt to stop the slide Saturday, when he's scheduled to start against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco (2-3, 5.86).

Leake is 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA in 10 career starts against Cleveland. He suffered a 4-2 loss to them April 16 in Seattle, allowing two runs on eight hits in six innings.

Carrasco is 5-3 with a 3.51 ERA in nine career starts against the Mariners. He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out 12, in a 1-0 victory at Seattle on April 17.

The Indians announced Friday that ace right-hander Corey Kluber indeed has a broken bone in his right forearm after being hit with a line drive Wednesday.

In the wake of that news, Indians manager Terry Francona met with his team before the game.

"One of the first things I tell them at spring training is how we handle adversity kind of defines -- goes in large portions to how your season goes," Francona said. "Now we're getting it thrown at us, so (it's) how we can handle it, and I don't see where teams (will) come in and feel sorry for us. ... This can be our time to shine or we can feel sorry for ourselves and lose. We want to make sure we scratch and claw and do everything we can so we can get No. 1."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 4, 2019

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