With a playoff spot out of reach, the Cleveland Indians will set their sights on finishing above .500 for the first time since 2007.
The Indians look to move back above the break-even mark Monday when they meet the Seattle Mariners to make up a game that was rained out in May.
Cleveland (75-75) opens its final homestand of the year after finishing a three-game sweep of AL Central-worst Minnesota with Sunday’s 6-5 victory.
“We’re not done yet, we’ve got a lot of games to play,” manager Manny Acta said. “… To go back home, it’s very important and hopefully we can have a good homestand and end the season on a very positive note.”
Cleveland, which has scored nine runs during a four-game home skid, hasn’t won four in a row overall since May 20-23.
Seattle (63-89), which begins a seven-game road trip, lost its last two to AL West-leading Texas, including Sunday’s 3-0 defeat.
The Mariners struck out 36 times in the three-game series with the Rangers, and they’ve fanned 63 times in eight games versus Cleveland. Seattle leads the AL and is fourth in the majors with a club-record 1,201 strikeouts.
Mike Carp(notes) has a team-high 10 strikeouts while going 2 for 19 in the season series, but one player former Cleveland manager Eric Wedge will likely want to get in Monday’s Mariners lineup is Kyle Seager(notes).
The third baseman, who had two hits Sunday, was 10 for 13 with five doubles and a homer in three games against Cleveland last month.
The Mariners have won three of four against the Indians after opening the season series with four straight losses.
Furbush (3-9, 4.86 ERA) has dropped five straight starts while posting a 6.41 ERA. The rookie gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings of Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees.
In his lone appearance against the Indians, Furbush took a loss in relief for Detroit on June 15, allowing a run and three hits in 1 2-3 innings.
Furbush is 2-6 with a 5.77 ERA in nine games - eight starts - since being acquired from the Tigers in a July 30 trade.
Huff (2-5, 3.40) will be looking to snap a three-start skid during which he’s allowed 16 runs in 16 1-3 innings. He gave up eight runs - three earned - and eight hits in four innings of Wednesday’s 9-1 loss at Texas.
Set to make his first appearance against Seattle since 2009, Huff has an 8.64 ERA while losing both of his previous starts against the Mariners. However, he’s yielded just one earned run in 11 2-3 innings over two outings at Progressive Field this year.
Following this matchup, the Mariners head to Minnesota for a three-game series while the Indians welcome the Chicago White Sox for four games - starting with a doubleheader Tuesday.