The fading Los Angeles Angels close out a series at AL West rival Seattle on Thursday night in a matchup of young pitchers – one a fill-in for the Angels. The Mariners, the hottest team in baseball right now, are favored on the Mybookie Sportsbook MLB Lines, but can they remain on a streak? Let’s find out right now!
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- When: Thursday, 10 PM ET
- Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
- Probable Pitchers: Jamie Barria/Marco Gonzales
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: TuneIn
- MLB Lines: Seattle Mariners -120 / Los Angeles Angels +110 (Over/Under at 9)
Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)
- Runs: Los Angeles Angels 5.10 / Seattle Mariners 4.60
- Hits: Los Angeles Angels 10.10 / Seattle Mariners 9.70
- Walks: Los Angeles Angels 3.60 / Seattle Mariners 2.50
- Strikeouts: Los Angeles Angels 8.90 / Seattle Mariners 8.90
Why Bet on LA Angels?
The Angels got some good news on Tuesday with the return from Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani from the disabled list, but he’s going to almost surely stick to DH for the rest of the season because of an elbow problem that will prevent him from pitching and could require Tommy John surgery. When Ohtani last pitched on June 6, the Angels were 35-28, four games behind Seattle and three games behind Houston. While the Angels went 8-14 without Ohtani, the Astros went 17-6, and the Mariners went 16-8. The Angels had fallen to 11 games behind Seattle. L.A.’s playoff chances are now less than two percent.
Wednesday was a good news/bad news day for the Angels. Presumed ace Garrett Richards was activated from the 10-day disabled list. He missed three weeks with a left hamstring strain. However, the team’s best pitcher this season has been Tyler Skaggs and he was set to start Thursday. Alas, Skaggs was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right adductor strain. The adductor is a skeletal muscle located along the inside of the thigh. That could mean 4-6 weeks. Skaggs was sporting an outstanding 2.64 ERA and 100/27 K/BB ratio through 92 innings (16 starts) this season, so this is obviously a big blow for the Angels.
In addition, outfielder Chris Young was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Young suffered the injury Tuesday while trying to track down a Kyle Seager line drive that ultimately went for a two-run double.
With Skaggs out, the Angels moved rookie Jamie Barria up from Friday to start here. Barria (5-4, 3.40) makes his 12th start and hasn’t won in his past four, although three of those were solid outings. Last time out in Boston, he held the high-powered Red Sox to two runs and four hits over 5.1 innings but took the loss. Barria actually was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday but was pushed back to Friday so the Halos could activate Richards and start him. Got all that?
Why Bet on Seattle?
The Mariners were going for their ninth straight win Wednesday vs. the Angels. During that run, the M’s swept four games in Baltimore and then three at home vs. Kansas City.
Edwin Diaz worked a perfect ninth inning for his league-leading 33rd save in Tuesday’s win against the Angels. Diaz has converted 33 of his 36 save opportunities, including each of his past 13 chances since his last blown save on June 1. Only two pitchers in Major League Baseball history have posted most saves prior to the All-Star break, as Francisco Rodriguez had 38 saves in 2008 for the Angels before the mid-summer classic, while Atlanta’s John Smoltz had 34 saves in 2003 before the break.
Díaz is the 2nd pitcher in Major League history with at least 30 saves and 70 strikeouts prior to the All-Star Break, joining Eric Gagne of the Dodgers in 2003 (31 SV, 76 K).
Dee Gordon went 1-for-4 with his 300th career stolen base in Tuesday’s win. Gordon joins Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (516) and Indians outfielder Rajai Davis (410) as the only active players with at least 300 career thefts. The Seattle speedster is 26-for-89 (.292) with 11 runs scored and a pair of steals since June 11 to bump his batting average up from .275 to .280.
The Mariners start lefty Marco Gonzales (8-5, 3.77). Gonzales went the distance last Friday, allowing one run in a complete-game victory over the Royals. Gonzales needed just 96 pitches to dispose of baseball’s worst offense. It was his first complete game in 31 major league starts. His previous long outing was 7 1/3 innings against the Rays earlier this month. He almost had the shutout, too, but Adalberto Mondesi doubled to open the ninth and scored on a Mike Moustakas single with two outs.
Gonzales is 0-0 with a 4.66 ERA (10 ER, 19.1 IP) in 4 career starts vs. the Angels. He has faced the Angels twice this season, collecting a 5.73 ERA (7 ER, 11.0 IP) while striking out 14 batters.
Latest MLB Betting Trends
- Angels are 1-10 in their last 11 road games vs. a left-handed starter
- Angels are 0-6 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series
- Mariners are 6-0 in Gonzales’ last 6 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance
- Mariners are 4-0 in Gonzales’ last 4 starts vs. American League West
- Mariners are 4-0 in Gonzales’ last 4 home starts
- Under is 9-1 in Gonzales’ last 10 starts overall
Take Seattle to keep rolling.