Hisashi Iwakuma (1-4, 4.19 ERA) and Jhoulys Chacin (1-2, 5.40 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (21-14) and the Los Angeles Angels (14-21) at Safeco Field. The Angels won the last game 7-6, and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 14 and can be seen on FSW and RTNW.
Iwakuma pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 5-1 defeat to the Astros. Robinson Cano (.299, 22 Rs, 12 HRs, 33 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday. C.J. Cron (.279, 11 Rs, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Seattle and Los Angeles are Mariners -170, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Mariners hold a 12-11 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Angels' record in these matchups is 8-6.
Los Angeles has won 53% (8-7) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 65% (11-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Angels managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are heading in with a 4-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 11-3. The Mariners have a 16-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th, Los Angeles sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 130 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 with 158.
Ranking 16th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 107 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 11th with 120.
The Mariners are 18-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Angels are 11-9 when they hit at least one homer.