In the last of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (56-53) and the Los Angeles Angels (49-61) at Safeco Field, James Paxton (3-5, 3.93 ERA) and Matt Shoemaker (6-11, 4.08 ERA) get the ball. The Mariners won the last game 8-6, and Seattle leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 7 and will air on FSW and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Paxton pitched 8.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out six in a 2-1 loss to the Red Sox. Robinson Cano (.295, 71 Rs, 24 HRs, 70 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one RBI. The Angels were victorious over the Athletics 5-4 the last time Shoemaker pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out four and walking three. Mike Trout (.319, 88 Rs, 21 HRs, 74 RBIs, 17 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Angels, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs.
Seattle, a -128 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Mariners have a 30-29 record and overall money line at -352. They have disappointing records of 8-16 as the favorite and 17-24 SU within their division.
On the other side, the Angels have a subpar record of 25-39 when they are the underdog and are -1,117 overall with the money line. Against divisional opponents, they are 20-25 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 10-13 record.
The Mariners will take on a right-hander (Shoemaker) in this game and have a 40-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Angels will be the left-hander Paxton. They sport a 15-16 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Mariners are 18-24 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 20-26 against their division.
The Mariners are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded two strikeouts. The Angels have a record of 5-5 when opponents' pitchers have two strikeouts or less.
It looks like the Mariners have a slight leg up on the Angels, as the Mariners have won their last two games while the Angels have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 40-10. The Mariners have a 42-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 511 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 with 514.
Ranking 16th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 327 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 346.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 47-35, well-matched with the Angels who are 35-33 when hitting one or more homers.