Felix Hernandez (4-0, 1.82 ERA) gets the start for the Seattle Mariners (10-15) as they meet Matt Shoemaker (2-1, 6.00 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (11-14) in the first of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 4 and will air on ROOT-NW and FSN-W.
Shoemaker has a 2.39 ERA and a 3-0 record in his career against the Mariners, and faces a less-than-stellar Seattle offense that's hitting just .238 on the year. In his career against the Angels, Hernandez is 12-13 with a 3.47 ERA. He gets a struggling Los Angeles offense that's batting just .224. Seth Smith (.276, 8 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles is a +139 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the underdog, the Angels have a 4-5 record and overall money line at -390. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 11-8 and a 4-3 record when they were the underdog. Los Angeles's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the AL. The Angels have a team ERA of 3.83, one of the lowest in their league.
Across the field, the Mariners have a record of 8-11 when they are favored and are -855 overall with the money line. Against divisional opponents, they are 9-10 SU and 7-8 as the favorite. The Mariners average just 7.2 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL.
The Angels are 2-1 against the Mariners this season. This game will feature Hernandez (RHP) on the mound against the Angels, who have a 7-11 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Shoemaker will take the mound against the Mariners, who have a 7-11 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Angels are 11-8 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 9-10 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Seattle is 5-2, while Los Angeles is 6-5.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mariners have a 4-11 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 2-11. The Mariners have a 4-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks in the top half of the league at 15th when it comes to home runs, hitting 20 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five at fifth with 31.
Los Angeles and Seattle both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at 14th with 7.54 hits per game and Seattle ranks 12th with 7.92.
Ranking 29th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.628). Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .696.
When the Mariners allow at least one home run, they are 3-11. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 5-13 record.