The Los Angeles Angels head to the Peoria Stadium in Arizona for a showdown with the Seattle Mariners in the continuing Spring Training exhibition games of the MLB.
The Angels are currently at an even 12-12 in Cactus League Play. They are in the middle of the standings and are trailing the league leading San Diego Padres by three full games. LA enters this contest having won only four times in their last 13 preseason games.
Dillon Peters will start on top of the hill for the Angels on Frida. The 26-year old from the University of Texas has pitched 5 games with three starts in the current preseason. He owns a 1-0 record with an ERA of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.36. Peters has pitched in a total of 14.0 innings and has given up 15 hits and 7 runs while striking out 9 batters.
Center fielder Peter Bourjos leads the Angels with 14 hits on 46 at bats (.304), 10 RBIs and three home runs. 3rd baseman Taylor Ward has 10 RBIs on 13 hits while Cesar Puello has 8 RBIs on 13 hits as well. First baseman Justin Bour also has three homers and six RBIs for the Angels.
Los Angeles Angels vs Seattle Mariners Odds
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The Mariners are not far behind at 8-9 in the Cactus League standings and are just 3.5 games behind the pace of the league leaders. Seattle has struggled as of late too as they have drooped eight out of their last 13 games.
Seattle will star Tyler Danish on Friday. The 24-year old right hander has pitched just twice in preseason action and has not figured in a decision. Danish has pitched just a total of 2.2 innings and has allowed just a solitary hit with three walks and four strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.50.
Right fielder Jay Bruce leads the Mariners with 13 hits in 30 at bats (.433).Braden Bishop and Domingo Santana have 11 and 10 hits, respectively and have combined for a total of 21 RBIs and seven homers in preseason play. First baseman Ryon Healy has 8 RBIs on 7 hits with two home runs.
Prediction: Seattle Mariners. Sure, most of their top performers in Spring Training are gone, opening the MLB regular season in Japan. But this is a team that has played a balanced game as evidenced by their zero run differential. On the other hand, the Angels are a -10 in run difference, have given up the most runs in Spring Training and have the next to last ERA at 6.04.