In the first of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (49-68) and the Seattle Mariners (62-54) at Angel Stadium, Ricky Nolasco (4-9, 5.14 ERA) and Felix Hernandez (6-4, 3.39 ERA) get the start. The Angels enter this series looking to snap a 10-game losing streak. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 15 and will air on FSW and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Nolasco pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 3-1 loss to the Cubs. The Mariners were victorious over the Tigers 3-1 the last time Hernandez pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking four. Nelson Cruz (.284, 65 Rs, 29 HRs, 73 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Los Angeles, a +125 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Seattle. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The Angels have a losing record of 25-45 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -1,836. They have struggled as the underdog over their last 10 games, going 0-7. Don't expect the Los Angeles hitters to swing wildly. They average an AL-low 5.9 strikeouts per game. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Los Angeles pitchers. The Angels have given up an average of 7.1 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.8 runs per game.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Mariners come into this game with a win percentage of .540 when playing as the favorite (34-29) and an overall money line of +157. Over the past 10 matchups,the team is 8-2 SU and have an unblemished 5-0 record when it was the favorite. They sport the third-ranked offense in the AL, averaging four runs per game. 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 4.3.
The Mariners have mostly come out on top against the Angels in their previous nine games this season, earning a 5-4 record. The Angels will take on a right-hander (Hernandez) in this game and have a 34-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Nolasco will take the mound against the Mariners, who have a 44-29 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Angels hold a 20-27 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Mariners' record in these matchups is 21-25.
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 31-15 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
The Mariners are coming into the game with two consecutive wins, while the Angels currently have a losing streak of 10.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 40-10. The Mariners have a 46-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Los Angeles and Seattle both rank in the top half of the league in runs. Los Angeles sits at 13th with 529 runs this season and Seattle ranks 12th with 541.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 344 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with 362.
The Angels are 35-37 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Mariners are 51-36 when they hit at least one homer.