|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBThis three game series between American League West rivals, the Mariners and Angels resumes tonight in Los Angeles. The first pitch at Angels Stadium of Anaheim is scheduled for 10:05ET.
The Angels were flying high prior to losing to Texas on Sunday 7-3. They were 10-1, in their last 11 prior to that game. Then last night they fell to Seattle to open this series by the score of 8-6. The victory by the Mariners came down to an eighth inning showdown between the Angels all, everything free agent acquisition, Albert Pujols, their cleanup hitter, Mark Trumbo and Seattle reliever Tom Wilhelmsen.
With runners on second and third, Wilhelmsen got Pujols to hit a groundball right back to him which resulted in a fielders choice and the second out in the inning. He then fanned Trumbo ending the threat and did not allow a run in the final frame, ultimately resulting in the Seattle victory. Ichiro Suziki was held hitless in five at bats, while John Jaso was 3 for 5 with a run batted in and a run scored for the Mariners. Pujols was also held without a hit, but Mike Trout was a perfect 4 for 4 with 2 RBI's and a run scored for Los Angeles. Kendrys Morales also contributed two round trippers for L.A.
The Angels are an even .500 at 28-28, which is good enough for second place in the AL West, albeit, putting them 4.5 games behind the Texas Rangers and 5 in the loss column. They are 15-13 in Anaheim. Seattle occupies third place, looking to close the 3.5 game gap (4 in the L column), to tonights opponent. They are 25-32 for the year, 4-6 in their last 10 and 16-19 away from Starbucks City.
Garrett Richards will pitch for the Angels tonight in place of the injured Jared Weaver. This will be Richards first start. Blake Beavan takes the hill for Seattle with a 3-4 won/loss and 4.72 earned run average. Both are righthanders. Los Angeles has not lost two straight to Seattle in L.A. in the last three years. The Angels are a home MLB betting favorite at -$150 and the Mariners are +$140. The over/under is 8 total runs on a $115/$100 moneyline.