Seattle Mariners (60-41) vs Los Angeles Angels (50-52)Date : 07/27/2018
Time : 10:07 pm EST
Location : Angel Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Seattle Mariners vs Los Angeles Angels
Game 1 of a 3-game set versus the visiting Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels will take place at Angel Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on Friday night beginning at 10:07 pm EST. The Mariners remain in the 2nd place slot within the AL West division while the Angels are in 4th place within the division. In their last outing, the Angels went down 0-2 in their 3-game home set versus the Chicago White Sox on 7-24-2018 by losing by a 4-2 score. The Sox would cash in on the money line as huge underdogs (+160) while the under was the play in that the total was set at 8.5 runs for the game. Felix Pena (1-1) picked up the loss in this contest as he pitched 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with an ERA of 3.34 while Carlos Rodon (3-3) picked up the win to get back to .500 on the year as he pitched 7.2 innings while allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 8 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.38. The Angels only put up 4 hits during this matchup as Mike Trout was 0-2 with an RBI while David Fletcher was 1-3 with an RBI. Yoan Moncada was 2-4 with an RBI for the White Sox in the win while Jose Abreu was 1-4 with an RBI as well. The loss was the 2nd straight for the Angels.
In their last outing, the Mariners were 4-3 home losers to the San Francisco Giants in interleague action on 7-24-2018. The Giants would cash in on the money line ((+115) while the under was the play with total runs being set at 8.5 runs. Andrew Suarez would get the no decision as he would go 5.2 innings while allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and a homer with an ERA of 3.99. Steve Dulger (2-4) and Kelby Tomlinson was 2-3 with an RBI for the Giants in the win. Chase D’Armand and Hunter Pence had a hit apiece along with an RBI in San Francisco. Roenis Elias received the no decision for the Mariners as he only lasted 3.2 innings while allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.00 in the loss. Kyle Seager had 2 hits for the Mariners while Denard Span was 0-2 with an RBI in defeat, Seattle’s 2nd in 3 games.
Seattle Mariners's Latest Performance :
The Mariners have lost 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. Recently, the Mariners would go on the be swept in a 3-game interleague road set versus the Colorado Rockies right before the break on 7-15-2018. They would recover in their next series against the Chicago White Sox as they would win the 3-game set on 7-22-2018. The Mariners would, of course, lose game 1 of a 2-game set against the Giants on 7-24-2018 by a 4-3 score.
For the season, the Mariners are averaging 4.22 runs per game (21st) with a team batting average of .257 (6th), 113 homers (6th) along with 54 stolen bases (11th). Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 3.99 (15th) with 857 strikeouts (17th) along with 47 quality starts (6th).
Dee Gordon (.286 BA on 378 AB), Jean Segura (.320 BA on 387 AB), and Mitch Haniger (.270 BA on 356 AB) have been solid at the plate for the Mariners thus far. Kyle Seager (.236 BA on 386 AB) has also been pivotal to Seattle’s success this season.
Mike Leake (8-6) has pitched 121.2 innings while allowing 63 runs on 132 hits, 16 homers, 29 walks, and 75 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.22 while James Paxton (8-4) has pitched 119.1 innings while allowing 49 runs on 97 hits, 16 homers, 33 walks, and 165 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.70 for the season. Finally, Felix Hernandez (8-8) has pitched 110.1 innings this year while allowing 68 runs on 113 hits, 16 homers, 38 walks, and 94 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.14.
Los Angeles Angels's Latest Performance :
The Angels come into this game losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. Recently, the Angels would lose a 3-game set to the Dodgers on the road in interleague action on 7-15-2018 just before the break. They would go on to drop a 3-game home set to the Houston Astros on 7-22-2018 while play miserably in their current 3-game home set versus the Chicago White Sox as they went down 2 games to 1 on 7-24-2018 due to a 4-2 finale.
For the season, the Angels are averaging 4.36 runs per game (18th) with a team batting average of .242 (20th), 135 homers (6th) along with 50 stolen bases (14th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.83 (9th) with 905 strikeouts (7th) with 39 quality starts on the year (22nd).
Andrelton Simmons (.303 BA on 343 AB), Mike Trout (.305 BA on 347 AB), and Albert Pujols (.248 BA on 355) have been the offensive leaders for the Angels offense this season. Justin Upton (.250 BA on 365 AB) has also been very consistent contributor to the offense as el this season.
Tyler Skaggs (7-6) has pitched 104 innings while allowing 34 runs on 96 hits 8 homers, 31 walks, and 106 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.68.
How Seattle Mariners & Los Angeles Angels Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Angels are 44-58 ATS while the O/U is 42-53-7. On the other hand, the Mariners are 51-50 ATS while the O/U is 48-51-2.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The pitchers for the Angels in this series have not been named, however, the starting pitchers for games 1 & 2 for the Mariners have been determined. With that being said, Wade Leblanc (6-1) will get the start in the opener and he will be looking to obtain his 4th win in 5 starts. In his last outing, Leblanc pitched 7.1 innings while allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 10 strikeouts in a 3-1 home win versus the White Sox on 7-20-2018. In his last outing versus the Angels, the left-hander lasted 7 innings while allowing only 1 run on 3 hits and 4 strikeouts in a 4-1 home win on 7-3-2018. In his current solid streak, Leblanc is credited with 10 earned runs on 18 hits, yet, he has given up 4 homers during this time. The mariners are 6-2 in last 8 starts by the lefty while the under has been the play in 3 of the last 4 appearances for Leblanc. Finally, the left-hander is 2-1 with a 4.98 ERA with 16 strikeouts in his last 3 games.
David Fletcher (1-3), Martin Maldonado (4-5), Albert Pujols (1-4), Andrelton Simmons (1-3), and Mike Trout (1-5) have had the most success facing Leblanc in the past. Jabari Blash (0-2), Kole Calhoun (0-2), Ian Kinsler (.125 BA on 8 AB), Jefry Marte (0-1), and Justin Upton (.111 BA on 9 AB) have struggled against the lefty lifetime. Luis Valbuena is 0-3 versus Leblanc is his career.
For game 2, Felix Hernandez (8-8) will come to the hill to somehow halt a 2-game losing skid on the mound. The Mariners are also 0-2 in his last 2 starts while going only 2-5 in his last 7 appearances on the mound. The O/U has alternated in his last 8 starts while he has been credited with an average of 3 earned runs on 6 hits per game. Hernandez has given up a homer in each of his last 4 starts. In his last outing, Hernandez pitched 5 innings while allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, 1 homer, and 7 strikeouts in a 5-0 home loss to the Chicago White Sox on 7-21-2018. In his last outing versus the Angels, the right-hander pitched 5.2 innings while surrendering 5 runs on 7 hits, 2 homers, and 5 strikeouts in an 8-2 home loss on 5-6-2018. In all, he is 1-2 with an ERA of 5.40 with 12 strikeouts in his last 3 outings.
Luis Valbuena (2-3), Justin Upton (.273 BA on 11 AB), Mike Trout (.349 BA on 43 AB), Albert Pujols (.205 BA on 39 AB), Martin Maldonado (2-6), Ian Kinsler (2-10) have had the most experience along with success against Hernandez in the past. Kole Calhoun (.140 BA on 43), Andrelton Simmons (.067 BA on 15 AB), Jefry Marte (.167 BA om 6 AB) and Jabari Blash (0-2) have struggled lifetime against the righty.
Against The Spread Selection: Game 1 & 3: Seattle Mariners/Game 2: Los Angeles Angels
My reason for the pick :
Wade Leblanc has really pitched well throughout the first half of the season and looks to continue this trend against a team that he has fared pretty well with in the past. It is for this reason, along with the fact that I simply cannot call the over psyche of this Angels team from game to game, that I will back the Mariners on the road in this matchup. One could have thought that the Angels were gearing up for a run after a huge finale win over the Astros, however, with the next couple games at home, they have stunk it up against the Sox. With that being said, with the bats struggling the way there are for the Angels, expect the Mariners to capitalize in the opener and in the finale to crank out some huge division wins, thus preserving their spot behind the Astros.
While their play may be lackluster and inconsistent at this point, I believe that the Angels will see the importance of this matchup, if only for one game, and get the much-needed win the temporarily stop their bleeding. Felix Hernandez has been tagged by many within the Angel lineup and he will certainly be welcomed by the home team as they will be focused at the plate in which to get some hits going along with score some much-needed runs. In all, take the Angels to show and prove on Saturday in what will be a short-lived memory as the finale approaches on Sunday.
Betting trends for Seattle Mariners:
- Betting Trends for Seattle Mariners
- The Mariners are 3-6 in last 9 games
- The Mariners are 1-5 in Mariners last 6 road games
- The Under is 8-4 in Mariners last 12 road games
Betting trends for Los Angeles Angels:
- Betting Trends for Los Angeles Angels
- The Angels are 3-6 in last 9 games
- The Angels are 5-7 in last 12 home games
- The Under is 3-7 in Angels last 10 home games