The Indians are 7-1 against Cy Young Award winners this season. They don't seem to care which opposing pitcher toes the rubber or whether they tote any hardware.
At 17-4 over their last 21 contests, the Indians are enjoying their best stretch since September 2007, a month before they came within one win of a World Series ticket.
"We don't look in the past. We don't look in the future," said slugger Mark Reynolds. "We're worried about the game that we're playing and trying to take care of business on that day."
On Sunday, the Tribe roughed up Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who boasted the American League's best ERA before surrendering six runs (five earned) in five innings. For the Indians to seize a four-game sweep of Seattle by claiming Monday's matinee, they'll have to solve Hisashi Iwakuma.
The Mariners are 7-2 when Iwakuma takes the hill, as the right-hander has posted a 5-1 record and 1.84 ERA in his nine outings. He leads the AL with a 0.78 WHIP and opposing hitters are batting just .183 against him. Over his last three appearances -- all quality starts -- Iwakuma has compiled a 3-0 mark and a 2.14 ERA, with three walks and 18 strikeouts in 21 innings.
He has pitched deeper into games as a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand has subsided. Manager Eric Wedge said it should be OK for Monday's start.
"He's still managing it, just because on certain days he'll throw more sinkers or splitters and that affects it," said Wedge.
Mariners: Harang OK to make start
Wedge said Aaron Harang will make his scheduled start on Tuesday in Anaheim. He threw before Sunday's contest in Cleveland and everything checked out. Harang (1-4, 7.30 ERA) was scratched from his start on Thursday because of lower back stiffness.
Indians: Kazmir to make sixth start
Scott Kazmir (2-2, 5.33 ERA) will pitch on Monday. He allowed the Phillies four runs on six hits in five innings on Tuesday. The outing halted his streak of two straight quality starts and three consecutive effective outings, during which he went 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA.
• Mariners outfielders have combined for 29 home runs, the highest total in the Majors.
• The Indians are 107-83 in one-run games since 2009, the second-best total in the big leagues, behind San Francisco.