MLB Picks: Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners
The Los Angeles Angels (44-47) and Seattle Mariners (41-52) will continue a three-game American League West series Saturday night at Safeco Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it suffered an 8-3 setback to the Seattle Mariners as -124 road favorites Friday, while going OVER the total for a second consecutive contest. “Right now, we’re a little banged up, waiting for some guys to come back,” commented Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Outfielder Mike Trout will likely lead the offense in this affair, as he’s gone 14 for 30 with a home run against tonight’s opposing starter. Los Angeles is 1-5 when the betting total is 7 or less this season.
Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (3-4, 3.38 ERA) has led the club to three consecutive victories, including a 3-0 home win over the Boston Red Sox last time out, as he allowed five hits over 6.2 shutout frames. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA in four road games, with opposing hitters batting .224 against him. In 25 career starts versus the Mariners, Weaver has tallied a 12-7 record and 3.27 ERA.
Seattle snapped a three-game losing streak yesterday, while it has gone OVER the betting total in five consecutive affairs. The Mariners have scored 38 runs in their last five games, but have come away with just two wins in that span. “Obviously we’ve struggled from a pitching standpoint,” commented Mariners manager Eric Wedge. Designated hitter Raul Ibanez has been on fire recently, as he’s batting .357 with 10 home runs and 18 RBIs in his last 17 games, while he’s 14 for 30 in his career against Weaver. Seattle is 27-36 in July the last two-plus seasons.
Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (9-4, 2.69 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back wins, including an 11-4 home victory over the Boston Red Sox last time out, as he allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA in eight home games, surrendering five home runs in 56.2 combined frames. In 32 career appearances versus the Angels, Hernandez has gone 7-12 with a 4.12 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 9-3-1 in Weaver’s last 13 road starts in the series.