Nathan Karns (3-1, 3.38 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (21-13) meet Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.69 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (13-21) in the first of a three-game division series at Safeco Field. The Angels enter this series looking to snap a six-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 13 and will air on FSW and RTNW.
In his last start, Karns pitched 6.1 innings, giving up one run, striking out nine and walking two in a 3-2 victory over the Astros. Robinson Cano (.303, 22 Rs, 12 HRs, 33 RBIs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday with one run. The Angels were unsuccessful the last time Tropeano pitched. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out 10 and walking two in a 3-1 loss to the Rays. Yunel Escobar (.304, 15 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds are Seattle -150 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Mariners are 2-1 against the Angels this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Mariners are 12-10 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 7-6 against their division.
Los Angeles has won 50% (7-7) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 69% (11-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Angels managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are heading in with a 6-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 2-18. The Mariners have a 4-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 28 this season. Seattle ranks fourth with 47 home runs.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.82 per game. Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 8.32.
Ranking 27th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.676). Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .737.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 9-17. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 15-9 record.