MLB Picks 2012: Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels

The Seattle Mariners (52-63) and Los Angeles Angels (60-54) will close out a three-game American League West series on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 3:35 ET

Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Angels SP Jered Weaver has been remarkable at home this season

Seattle scored seven runs in the first four innings and was able to hold off a late charge by Los Angeles over the final five frames, capturing a 7-4 road win on Saturday night.  The Mariners collected 10 hits in the victory, with designated hitter John Jaso leading the way, as he’s a career .475 hitter at this ballpark.  The club is now 2-6 on its current nine-game road trip, but has lost all 11 games at this venue when facing today’s opposing starter.  Seattle is 14-21 in day games, with the “under” going 22-11 in those contests.

Mariners starting pitcher Jason Vargas (12-8, 3.69 ERA) has his five-game win streak snapped in his last effort, suffering a 3-1 road loss to the Baltimore Orioles, allowing three runs and eight hits over eight innings.  The left-hander is 8-5 with a 4.55 ERA in 14 road outings, surrendering 20 home runs in 89 frames.  In 12 career games (11 starts) versus the Angels, Vargas has compiled an even 4-4 record and 2.82 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 2.55 ERA in six games (five starts) in Southern California.

Los Angeles has lost seven of its last 10 games and now sit in third place in the AL West standings coming into this series finale.  The Angels starting rotation has had all kinds of trouble this month, compiling a 6.88 ERA, which is shocking due to all members being an All-Star at some point in their career.  Los Angeles is 5-0 as a home favorite of -225 to -250, with the “under” going 3-2 in that situation.

Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (15-1, 2.13 ERA) has earned a victory in his last nine starts, which includes a 4-0 complete-game road victory over the Oakland Athletics in his last effort.  The right-hander will put his perfect 8-0 home record and 0.92 ERA on the line in this affair, with opponents hitting just .146 against him in that situation.  In 22 career starts versus the Mariners, Weaver has tallied a 12-4 record and 3.08 ERA, including a 7-0 mark and 1.78 ERA in 11 outings at the Big A.

Sports bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 13-4 mark versus left-handed starters, while the Mariners are 0-4 in Vargas’ last four Sunday starts.

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