Garrett Richards (14-11, 3.73 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (78-74) meet Vidal Nuno (1-4, 3.30 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (74-79) in the first of a three-game division series at Angel Stadium. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 25 and will air on RTNW, FSW and MLBN.
In his last start, Richards pitched 8.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking four in a 5-2 victory over the Twins. Mike Trout (.294, 97 Rs, 40 HRs, 87 RBIs, 10 SBs) played well again Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. The Mariners were unsuccessful to the Rangers 10-1 the last time Nuno pitched. He went 3.1 innings, giving up four runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking four. Welington Castillo (.243, 41 Rs, 19 HRs, 52 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Angels have an SU record of 37-29 against teams in their division.
Against divisional opponents, the Mariners are 37-30 SU. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.2 runs per game, above their 4.1 season average. Seattle is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 188 home runs. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the Seattle pitchers. They've allowed 3.0 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 4.4.
The Angels have mostly come out on top against the Mariners in their previous 16 games this season, earning a 9-7 record. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the left-hander Richards. They sport a 22-28 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea
The Angels are 37-29 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 37-30 against their division.
Seattle has won 39% (24-37) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 62% (39-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are heading in with an 18-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 17-56. The Mariners have an 18-51 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 12th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 161 this season. Seattle ranks fifth with 188 home runs.
Ranking 15th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.13 per game. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.56.
Ranking 25th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.694). Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .728.
The Mariners are 36-62 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Angels are 42-60 when they allow at least one homer.