Matchup: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Seattle Mariners
Date/Time: September 28, 4:10 p.m. ET
MLB Betting Odds From 5Dimes Sportsbook
Probable Starters: LAA: Cory Rasmus (3-1, 2.38) v. SEA: Felix Hernandez (14-6, 2.34)
Moneyline: Seattle -200
Felix Hernandez will have one more chance to prove his Cy Young worthiness when the Seattle Mariners wrap up their season against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who have their sights set on the second season. The Mariners fell short of the Wild Card with a valiant effort, but their season comes to a close with the final out on Sunday.
Cory Rasmus has been in the rotation for five straight starts now and his starts have all been long games for the bullpen. Rasmus has averaged just over three innings per start for the Angels and he has pitched well with a 1.69 ERA, but those outings just become bullpen games. The Angels have nothing to play for on Sunday, so Rasmus will go as long as he can with a team full of bench players and minor league call-ups. Rasmus has struck out a batter per inning as a starter.
Felix Hernandez will take on a very watered down Angels lineup in his quest to impress the Cy Young voters. Hernandez is having another fine season, but he allowed eight runs in 4.2 innings in his last start and will need to bounce back. In his 23 previous starts, he had allowed a total of 33 runs. He was 10-4 with a 1.73 ERA in that span with a 176/31 K/BB ratio.
Rasmus is facing the Mariners for the sixth time in his career overall and second time as a starter. In 9.1 innings of work, Rasmus has allowed one run on five hits with 11 strikeouts. This season, he has thrown 6.1 scoreless innings. The Angels are 3-2 for a loss of 0.25 units in his five starts.
Hernandez is facing the Angels for the 40th time in his career. He is 10-13 with a 3.69 ERA in the previous 39 starts, but he is 2-0 with a 0.94 ERA against the Angels this season. The Mariners are 21-12 for a profit of 2.06 units in his 33 starts.
Free MLB Pick: Seattle Mariners
Felix will face a very watered down Angels lineup in this game and that’s enough to lay the big price tag as he tries to impress the voters. The Angels have nothing to play for and the Mariners will want a victory for their ace.