Matt Shoemaker (4-5, 5.20 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (5-6, 4.94 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (37-36) and the Seattle Mariners (33-40) at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 26 and can be seen on ROOT-NW and FSN-W.
Shoemaker is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA in his appearances against the Mariners, and goes up against a below-average Seattle offense which is batting just .231 this season. Walker went 6.1 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out 11 in a 6-3 win over the Astros in his last outing. Kyle Seager (.265, 28 Rs, 11 HRs, 37 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Wednesday.
The odds for Los Angeles and Seattle are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Los Angeles has a record of 20-15 SU. Opposing offenses that come to Angel Stadium have been stifled by the Angels, who have a team ERA of only 3.36 at home. The Angels are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.9 hits per game to their opponents this season.
The Mariners are 16-15 against AL West opponents. 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. The Mariners allow 4.1 runs per game, but does worse whenever another team from the AL West Division is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 4.6 against division foes.
The Angels lead the season series, 4-2. The Angels have a 28-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Walker takes the mound. Shoemaker (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 26-32 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA
The Angels are 20-15 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 16-15 against their division.
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 5-14 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.
Ranking 28th in runs, Seattle has earned 248 this season. Los Angeles ranks 20th with 288 runs.
Los Angeles and Seattle both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Los Angeles sits at 19th with 203 this season and Seattle ranks 17th with 207.
When the Angels hit at least one home run, they are 27-18, well-matched with the Mariners who are 27-17 when hitting one or more homers.