The Seattle Mariners will look to snap out of their current funk when they host the rival Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a three-game set on Friday night. Seattle is in fourth place in the AL West Division standings, less than a half-percentage point behind the third place Angels. Both ballclubs have gone an identical 4-6 over their last 10 games respectively. Let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they arrive into this matchup so you wager against their MLB odds.
MLB Betting Picks – Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners
LA Angels (12-11) Vs Seattle Mariners (13-12) Game Info
- When: Friday, April 30, 2021, at 10:10 p.m. ET
- Where: T-Mobile Park, Seattle, WA
- TV: Bally Sports West, ROOTNW
- LA Angels – Andrew Heaney – LHP – (1-1, 4.35 ERA, 29 SO)
- Seattle – Chris Flexen – RHP – (2-1, 2.74 ERA, 21 SO)
LA Angels Turn To Red-Hot Heaney
The Halos have won three of four including a narrow 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. Rookie Chris Rodriguez pitched 3.1 shutout innings to get the win while Anthony Rendon and Jose Iglesias hit two-run singles in the first to lead the way to victory. Angels manager Joe Maddon called Rodriguez’s outing “spectacular.”
“He was the star of the game,” Maddon said. “He defined that game for us and gave us a chance to win. Great composure. Everything was working. Attacked with his fastball. Loved everything about it.”
On Friday night, the Angels will hand the ball to Andrew Heaney. The southpaw has a phenomenal 1.53 ERA over his last three starts with 25 strikeouts in 17.2 innings during the span. LA averages 4.91 runs per game (8th) with a 2.65 team batting average (2nd). Defensively, the Halos allow 5.61 runs per game to rank a dismal 30th with their opponents hitting .248 (25th).
Seattle Mariners Look to Flexen Their Muscles
The M’s have dropped four straight and come into this matchup fresh off a narrow 7-5 road loss at Houston on Wednesday. Rafael Montero allowed four runs on three hits in just 0.2 innings of action.
“That one stings a little bit tonight,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I thought we swung the bat a lot better tonight. There were some positives, but unfortunately, the eighth inning got away from us. You’ve got to give some credit to the Astros because they’re tough to put away in this ballpark.”
On Friday, Seattle will hand the ball to Chris Flexen. The young right-hander’s first career appearance against the Angels comes on the heels of the best start of his career on Saturday. Flexen held Boston’s potent offense to one run on one walk over seven innings with seven strikeouts.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Seattle has won two straight in this rivalry but the Halos and Mariners have split the last 10 meetings evenly. With that said, I like Los Angeles to get the big road win on Friday behind another fine outing from Andrew Heaney. LA is 4-1 in its last five road dates against Seattle and 6-2 in their last eight series-opening contests. The Mariners are 1-4 in their last five games against their AL West division rivals and 1-6 in their last seven home games against a left-handed starter. Keep it simple and back the hot Angels to get it done behind incendiary hurler Andrew Heaney!
Pick: LA Angels 5 Seattle 2