Tyler Skaggs (1-1, 4.37 ERA) and Cody Martin (1-2, 2.70 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (50-69) and the Seattle Mariners (63-55) at Angel Stadium. The Angels won the last game 7-6, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and can be seen on FSW and RTNW.
Skaggs pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out five and walking one in a 13-3 defeat to the Indians. Martin went 2.2 innings, surrendering zero runs in an 8-6 win over the Angels in his last outing. Nelson Cruz (.287, 68 Rs, 30 HRs, 74 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Los Angeles and Seattle are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Within its division, Los Angeles has a record of 21-28 SU. The Angels have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.5 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.8.
The Mariners are 22-26 against AL West foes. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is the best in the AL. The Mariners are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the AL with 9.2 hits per road game. Seattle is excellent at not striking out on the road with just 7.8 per game, ranking fifth in the AL.
The Mariners lead the season series, 6-5. Skaggs (LHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 17-25 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
Seattle is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Seattle's last 10 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle's last 9 games when playing LA Angels.
Seattle is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Angels.
Seattle is 3-7 SU in their last 10 games when playing on the road against LA Angels.
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Seattle's last 12 games when playing on the road against LA Angels.
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of LA Angels's last 12 games when playing at home against Seattle.
The Angels are 21-28 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 22-26 against their division.
Los Angeles recorded at least two errors for the 19th time this season.
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 31-16 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 7-54. The Mariners have a 13-38 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 116 this season. Seattle ranks third with 164 home runs.
Los Angeles and Seattle both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at ninth with 8.83 hits per game and Seattle ranks eighth with 8.84.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.734). Seattle ranks in the top 10 with an OPS of .759.
The Mariners are 42-45 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Angels are 27-56 when they allow at least one homer.