Hector Santiago (4-4, 2.68 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (38-37) square off against Felix Hernandez (10-4, 3.24 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (34-41) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The Angels won the last game 4-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 28 and can be seen on ROOT-NW and FSN-W.
Santiago is 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA in his appearances against the Mariners, but goes up against a below-average Seattle offense which is batting just .232 this season. Mike Trout (.303, 55 Rs, 19 HRs, 42 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Against the Angels, Hernandez is 13-13 with a 3.41 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 276 strikeouts. Nelson Cruz (.305, 36 Rs, 19 HRs, 45 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Seattle takes on Los Angeles as a -123 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Angels have an overall money line of -256 and a record as the underdog of 15-18. Within its division, Los Angeles has a 14-9 as the underdog and a 20-16 SU. Opposing offenses that come to Angel Stadium have been stifled by the Angels, who have a team ERA of only 3.35 at home. The Angels are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.1 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the favorite, Seattle has a 20-26 record and an overall money line of -1,214. They played poorly as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 2-5 record, and a 5-5 record SU. Offensively, the Mariners have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.4 runs per game by averaging 3.8 in those contests. Seattle's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.72 ERA.
The Angels lead the season series, 5-3. The Angels have a 28-31 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hernandez takes the mound. Santiago (LHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 7-8 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Under
The Angels hold a 21-16 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Mariners' record in these matchups is 17-16.
When the Mariners play into extra innings, they have a 4-5 record. The Angels are 2-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Mariners need to step it up. The Angels have a record of 28-14 when opponents get eight hits or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 18-13. The Angels have a 27-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Los Angeles and Seattle both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Los Angeles sits at 21st with 293 runs this season and Seattle ranks 28th with 253.
Los Angeles and Seattle both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Los Angeles sits at 19th with 207 this season and Seattle ranks 17th with 212.
When the Angels hit at least one home run, they are 28-19. When the Mariners hit at least one homer, they have a 28-18 record.