Taijuan Walker (4-7, 3.66 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (55-53) go up against Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (49-60) in the second of a three-game division series at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 6-4, and Seattle leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6 and will air on FSW and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Walker pitched 4.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-2 loss to the Astros. Nelson Cruz (.279, 61 Rs, 27 HRs, 69 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run. The Angels were also unsuccessful the last time Skaggs pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 5-3 loss to the Red Sox. Mike Trout (.316, 86 Rs, 20 HRs, 70 RBIs, 17 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Seattle, a -118 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. The Mariners are 29-29 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -452. They have not performed well against their division, earning a SU record of 16-24 and a 7-16 record when they were the favorite. The Mariners will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, Seattle has only averaged 3.0 runs per game compared to the 4.6 it's averaged on the season.
On the other side, the Angels have a subpar record of 25-38 when they are the underdog and are -1,017 overall with the money line. Against divisional foes, they are 20-24 SU and 10-12 as the underdog.
The Angels have mostly come out on top against the Mariners in their previous seven games this season, earning a 4-3 record. The Mariners will take on a left-hander (Skaggs) in this game and have a 15-24 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Angels will be the right-hander Walker. They sport a 34-43 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Mariners are 17-24 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 20-25 against their division.
The Mariners are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Angels have a record of 3-11 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 6-46. The Mariners have a 12-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting 105 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five with 153.
Ranking ninth, Seattle is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.74 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 9.19.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.745). Seattle ranks in the top 10 with an OPS of .760.
The Angels are 27-49 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mariners are 37-43 when they allow at least one homer.