The Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners meet at the T-Mobile Park on Tuesday night.
These teams met last month in Los Angeles for a three-game set which Seattle won 2-1 despite losing the first game of that series 2-10. The Mariners head to this Tuesday contest after closing out their four-game home set against the Athletics on Monday night. The Angels head to Seattle after their third straight series defeat. Los Angeles took Monday off and will have the benefit of a one-day rest when they open the set at the T-Mobile Park on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels head to their three-game series with the Seattle Mariners having lost their first three sets of the season, including a 1-2 series defeat at home against the Mariners. The Angels are currently 3-7 and they have quickly fallen to the bottom of the American League West team standings after just 10 games played.
In their last assignment, the Angels squandered a lead and lost to the Houston Astros 5-6 in extra innings. Alex Bergman’s RBI single in the 11th inning completed a come from behind win by Houston. Shohei Ohtani lasted just five outs while issuing five walks. The two-way star was sent for an MRI after feeling discomfort in his pitching arm. Albert Pujols drilled a grand slam in the third inning, the 658th homer of his career.
Left-hander Andrew Heaney will open the series for the Angels on Tuesday. The 29-year old has started in two games this season and has an ERA of 2.79 and a WHIP of 0.83 in two games pitched. Heaney has given up a total of seven hits with three runs including one home run while striking out a total of 12 hitters in 9.2 innings pitched. He has yet to earn a decision but the Angels are 0-2 in the games he’s started.
David Fletcher leads Los Angeles with a batting average of .368. Brian Goodwin is batting .333 and leads the team with 8 RBIs on the season while Albert Pujols has two home runs to pace the Angels. The Angels are ranked 7th with a total of 49 runs scored this season and as a team, they are batting at .223. Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.83, a WHIP of 1.50, and a BAA of .260.
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The Seattle Mariners are just 1.5 games above the Angels in the American League West division with a record of 4-6. Seattle heads home after closing out their recent series against the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Heading to the August 3 games, Seattle is trailing 1-2 against Oakland. The Mariners lost their opening series to the Astros 1-3 before beating the Angels in Los Angeles 2-1.
In their last game played, the Mariners dropped a 2-3 contest to the Oakland. The A’s score came on a two-out three-run homer by Ramon Laureano who broke out of a slump. The dinger snapped a string of 23 ⅓ innings by the Mariners starters without allowing an earned run. Seattle rookie Kyle Lewis scored his third home run of the season while Daniel Vogelbach delivered an RBI single for the Mariners.
Justin Dunn will open on top of the hill for the Mariners. The 24-year old right-hander pitched in Seattle’s July 30 game against the Angels. He lasted only 3.0 innings after allowing a three-run home run while walking three hitters and striking out two batters. While he did not get the decision, the Mariners won that game 10-7. Last season, Dunn started four games and had an ERA of 2.70 with an ERA of 1.65.
Lewis leads the Mariners with a batting average of .425. He also has homered thrice this season with 9 RBIs. Third baseman Kyle Seager is batting .286 and has a total of 10 RBIs to lead Seattle this season. The Mariners are 13th in scoring with a total of 45 runs this season. The team has a batting average of .240 while their pitching staff has an ERA of 5.59, a WHIP of 1.37, and a BAA of .227.
The Angels are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games played. Los Angeles is 1-3 SU in their last four games played on the road. On the other hand, the Mariners are 4-6 SU in their last 10 games played. Seattle is 1-2 SU in their last three games played at home. They are 1-5 SU in their last six Game 1s of a series, and 1-5 SU in their last six games after a day off. Head to head, the Angels are 6-3 SU in their last nine games played against the Mariners.
I don’t expect to see a pitching duel here but between these two pitchers, I’m leaning towards Heaney who had a good outing the last time out before the Angels’ bullpen blew the game. I haven’t seen enough from Dunn to convince me that he’s going to be a solid pitcher at this level. Seattle also has issues with its bullpen which has problems in closing out games. It doesn’t help the Mariners that Mike Trout will be returning for the Angels from his paternity leave. I’ll go with the Angels in this game.
Prediction: Los Angeles Angels (-181)
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The total has gone over in seven out of the last 10 games played by Los Angeles and the over is 2-0 in Heaney’s two starts this season. The over is also 5-1 in the Angels’ last six games as favorites and also 5-1 in their last six games on grass. The over is also 6-3-1 in the last 10 games played by Seattle and in the first game pitched by Dunn this year. Head to head, the over is 4-0 in their last four meetings and the total has gone over in three out of their last five meetings in Seattle.
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The Angels entered Monday’s schedule ranked 14th in the Majors with an average of 4.9 runs per game scored and they have struggled on the mound by allowing 5.6 runs per outing. Seattle is in the same boat as they are scoring 4.5 runs per contrast but are allowing six runs per contest. These two pitchers faced each other last week in Los Angeles and the total in that game was 17 runs. There are too many trends that point to the over for this game and it’s hard to ignore them These teams may not hit 17 runs this time around but they should be able to combine for at least 10 runs, especially with Mike Trout back to provide added offense for Los Angeles.
Prediction: Over 9 (-115)