Major League Baseball on Friday night and we will see the Los Angeles Angels take on the Seattle Mariners in game 3 of their 4 game series from Safeco Field in Seattle. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 10:10 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Over/ Under: 7 O -120
Last night the Mariners took game 1 of this series behind a solid effort from King Felix. The loss drops the Halos to 1.5 games behind the Astros, but still they are threatening to take over the division lead. For the Mariners they are still 6 games under .500 and 8 games behind the Astros in the AL West. The Halos are 21-21 on the road, while Seattle is 19-25 at home. The Angels rank 15th in scoring (4.13 rpg), while on the mound they are 10th in ERA (3.63). Seattle ranks 27th in scoring (3.50 rpg), while on the mound they are 13th in ERA (3.77).
Trends for this game include: The Angels are 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, but just 2-9 in their last 11 games as a road underdog, while Seattle is 12-5 in their last 17 home games vs. a left-handed starter, but just 5-17 in their last 22 games as a favorite.
Getting the ball for the Angels tonight will be Hector Santiago, who is 5-4 with a 2.40 ERA on the year overall, while on the road he is 3-3 with a 2.61 ERA. Hector is 1-2 with a 4.96 ERA in 3 career starts vs the Mariners, but in 1 starts vs them this year he won 3-2, allowing just 1 ER in 7 innings of work.
Taking the hill for the Mariners tonight will be Mike Montgomery, who is 4-2 with a 1.62 ERA on the year overall, while at home he has gone 1-2 with a 2.15 ERA. Mike has never faced the Halos.
Pick: Both of tonight's starters come into this game in superb form and in a pitcher's park that will make it very hard for many runs to be scored in this one. Hector Santiago has posted an 0.90 ERA and an 0.60 WHIP in his last 3 games. Over those three games he has allowed just 8 total hits in 20 innings of work. I would say wow, but then you look at Mike Montgomery, who has an 0.38 ERA and an 0.72 WHIP in his last 3 starts and he has allowed just 12 hits in his last 23.2 innings of work. Now that is some serious pitching from both guys. Both offenses have been solid of late, ut neither offense is great vs left-handed pitching. The Halos have hit just .243 vs and have scored just 3.35 rp/9 off of southpaws on the road, and while the Mariners do hit lefties at a .259 clip at home, they score just 3.94 rp/9 off of them at home. The Halos have allowed just 2.7 rpg in their last 10 games, while the Mariners have allowed just 3.7 rpg over the same stretch. The Under is 18-7-1 in LA's last 26 vs a lefty, while the Under is 35-16-3 in the Mariners last 54 games vs a left-handed starter, plus the Under is 4-1 the last 5 in the series. 3 or 4 runs tops here.
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