Taijuan Walker (10-8, 4.70 ERA) and Garrett Richards (13-10, 3.71 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (69-75) and the Los Angeles Angels (72-70) at Safeco Field. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 14 and can be seen on RTNW and FSW.
Walker pitched 3.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs (one unearned) and striking out two in a 9-6 defeat to the Rangers. Nelson Cruz (.310, 80 Rs, 41 HRs, 87 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Richards went 7.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out 11 and walking three in a 3-2 defeat to the Dodgers in his last outing. Mike Trout (.292, 89 Rs, 35 HRs, 77 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a narrow -109 favorite over Seattle. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -1,279 and a record as the underdog of 28-31. Seattle has gone 3-1 in its last 10 as underdog. The Mariners have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. The Mariners are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 175.
In the other locker room, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-302), Los Angeles has an impressive 52-30 record when playing as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 4-1 record, and a 7-3 record SU. Offensively, the Angels have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 4.5 in those contests. Shifting to the pitching staff and defense, the The Angels allow just 4.1 runs per game, ranking them fourth in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Angels are fifth in the AL with an average of 8.4 hits allowed per game.
The Angels lead the season series, 8-5. The Mariners have a 48-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Richards takes the mound. Walker (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 51-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
The Mariners hold a 33-28 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Angels' record in these matchups is 34-26.
Seattle has won 40% (23-34) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 61% (35-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Angels are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Mariners have a record of 11-27 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 44-21. The Angels have a 52-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Seattle and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Seattle sits at 21st with 577 runs this season and Los Angeles ranks 25th with 569.
Ranking 21st, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 385 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 11th with 426.
The Mariners are 59-43 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Angels are 55-35 when they hit at least one homer.