Garrett Richards (7-5, 3.66 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (37-37) meet J.A. Happ (3-4, 3.78 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (34-40) in the second of a three-game division series at Angel Stadium. The Mariners won the last game 3-1 and Seattle leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 27 and will air on ROOT-NW and FOX.
Richards is 3-2 with a 2.45 ERA against the Mariners in his career, and is up against a less-than-stellar Seattle offense that's hitting just .231 on the year. Mike Trout (.303, 54 Rs, 19 HRs, 42 RBIs, 8 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Angels, Happ is 0-3 with a 9.82 ERA, 2.36 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts. Nelson Cruz (.306, 36 Rs, 19 HRs, 45 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Mariners, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Los Angeles, a -156 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Seattle. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Angels have a 22-18 record and overall money line at -239. They have impressive records of 14-8 as the favorite and 20-15 SU within their division. The Angels rank fifth in the AL in home ERA with a 3.36 team average. The Angels are fourth in the AL in hits allowed at home with just 7.9 per game.
Switching gears, the Mariners come into this game with a win percentage of .481 when playing as the underdog (13-14) and an overall money line of -1,221. Over the last 10 games, they were unbeaten as the underdog with a perfect 3-0 record and 5-5 SU. Seattle has stepped up their play against division opponents. They have averaged 3.8 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.4. Playing against AL West foes really brings the worst out of the Seattle pitchers. They allow 4.6 runs per game against teams within their division, which is higher than their season average of 4.1.
The Angels have gotten the best of the Mariners in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-3. This game will feature Happ (LHP) on the mound against the Angels, who have a 9-6 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the right-hander Richards. They sport a 26-32 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Under
The Angels hold a 20-16 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Mariners' record in these matchups is 17-15.
The Mariners are 4-5 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Angels are 2-3 in such matchups.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Angels have a 5-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 18-12. 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 22nd with 289 runs this season and Seattle ranks 29th with 251.
Los Angeles and Seattle both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Los Angeles sits at 19th with 204 this season and Seattle ranks 17th with 210.
When the Angels hit at least one home run, they are 27-19. When the Mariners hit at least one homer, they have a 28-17 record.