Matt Shoemaker (6-13, 4.22 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (50-70) meet Hisashi Iwakuma (14-7, 3.84 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (64-55) in the last of a four-game division series at Angel Stadium. The Mariners won the last game 4-3, and Seattle leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 18 and will air on FSW and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Shoemaker pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five runs and striking out three in a 5-1 loss to the Indians. Mike Trout (.310, 92 Rs, 23 HRs, 77 RBIs, 20 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Mariners were victorious the last time Iwakuma pitched. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three runs and striking out two in a 4-3 victory over the Athletics. Robinson Cano (.294, 77 Rs, 26 HRs, 74 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 3 for 5 yesterday.
Los Angeles is a +110 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Angels perform poorly as an underdog with a 25-47 record and have an overall money line of -1,936. With a 0-8 record as the underdog, they have had a tough time over their last 10 games. Los Angeles has averaged 3.0 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 4.5. Los Angeles's pitching staff will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent struggles. The Angels have given up an average of 6.5 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.8 runs per game.
Across the field, the Mariners have a record of 36-29 when they are favored and are +249 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, the team is unbeaten as the favorite with a perfect 6-0 record and 8-2 SU. They sport the fifth-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.7 runs per game. The Mariners are one of the top road hitting teams in the AL, averaging 9.2 hits in games away from home.
The Mariners have mostly come out on top against the Angels in their previous 12 games this season, earning a 7-5 record. This game will feature Iwakuma (RHP) on the mound against the Angels, who have a 34-52 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Shoemaker will take the mound against the Mariners, who have a 46-30 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
Seattle is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games.
Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
Seattle is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Angels.
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Seattle's last 13 games when playing on the road against LA Angels.
Seattle is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Angels.
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of LA Angels's last 13 games when playing at home against Seattle.
The Angels are 21-29 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 23-26 against their division.
Los Angeles has won 40% (21-32) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 51% (27-26) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Angels have a record of 35-35 when opponents' pitchers have six strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 40-11. The Mariners have a 47-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 541 this season. Seattle ranks 10th with 554 runs.
Ranking 17th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 355 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with 371.
When the Angels hit at least one home run, they are 36-38. When the Mariners hit at least one homer, they have a 52-36 record.