Taijuan Walker (4-9, 4.19 ERA) and Tyler Skaggs (2-3, 4.75 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (69-65) and the Los Angeles Angels (59-75) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 11-8, and Seattle leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 3 and can be seen on FSW and RTNW.
Walker pitched 7.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking one in a 4-1 defeat to the White Sox. Robinson Cano (.303, 87 Rs, 30 HRs, 83 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. Skaggs went 6.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking two in a 5-0 win over the Tigers in his most recent start. Mike Trout (.320, 103 Rs, 26 HRs, 87 RBIs, 21 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The Mariners are 24-30 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 22-30 against their division.
Los Angeles has won 43% (25-33) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 48% (29-32) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Angels managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are heading in with a 7-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 50-12. The Angels have a 47-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 600 this season. Seattle ranks 10th with 622 runs.
Ranking 16th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.738). Seattle ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .754.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 32-61. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 46-53 record.