In the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (79-74) and the Seattle Mariners (74-80) at Angel Stadium, Andrew Heaney (6-3, 3.30 ERA) and Felix Hernandez (18-9, 3.54 ERA) take the mound. The Angels won the last game 8-4 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 26 and will air on RTNW and FSW.
In his last start, Heaney pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 4-3 loss to the Twins. Mike Trout (.297, 98 Rs, 40 HRs, 88 RBIs, 10 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI. The Mariners were victorious the last time Hernandez pitched. He pitched well, going 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking five in a 9-2 victory over the Rangers. Nelson Cruz (.308, 87 Rs, 43 HRs, 90 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Angels have an SU record of 37-29 against teams in their division.
Against divisional opponents, the Mariners are 37-30 SU. The Mariners are known for their power, smashing 189 home runs.
The Angels have gotten the best of the Mariners in head-to-head matchups this season, going 10-7. The Angels will take on a right-hander (Hernandez) in this game and have a 56-55 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the left-hander Heaney. They sport a 22-28 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
The Angels are 38-29 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 37-31 against their division.
The Angels managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are coming in with a 34-24 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Angels have a slight leg up on the Mariners, as the Angels have won their last three games while the Mariners have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 49-21. The Angels have a 56-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Los Angeles and Seattle both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Los Angeles sits at 25th with 617 runs this season and Seattle ranks 22nd with 628.
Ranking 22nd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 408 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 459.
The Angels are 61-37 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Mariners are 63-47 when they hit at least one homer.