Saturday night baseball 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: 7.5 U -120
The LA Angels lost game 1 of this series, but last night they bounced back with a solid 7-3 win. The Halos have been a hot team as they have won 10 of their last 12 games and they have closed the gap in the AL West to just a half a game behind the Astros. The Mariners continue to struggle as they have won just 8 of their last 18 games and are 7 games under .500 for the year. The Angels rank 16th in scoring (4.16 rpg), while on the mound they are 11th in ERA (3.63). Seattle ranks 27th in scoring (3.49 rpg), while on the mound they are 13th in ERA (3.81).
Trends for this game include: The Angels are 55-26 in their last 81 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30, but just 2-14 in Wilson's last 16 road starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5, while the Mariners are 13-3 in their last 16 games following a loss, but 0-7 in Iwakuma's last 7 starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
Getting the ball for the Angels tonight will be CJ Wilson, who is 7-6 with a 3.82 ERA in 17 starts this year, while on the road he has gone 3-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 8 starts. in 22 starts vs the Mariners, since 2010, he is 11-6 with a 2.76 ERA, while in his last 12 trips to Safeco he is 6-3 with a 2.26 ERA.
Taking the hill for the Mariners tonight will be Hisashi Iwakuma, who is 0-1 with a 7.17 ERA in 4 starts this year, while at home he has gone 0-1 with a 7.16 ERA in 3 starts. Iwakuma is 6-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) vs the Halos.
Pick: The Angels are hot right now and after taking a couple of days off offensively they got back on track last night by putting up 7 runs. They should stay hot offensively tonight vs Iwakuma, who has allowed 4 ERs or more in all 4 of his starts this year, posting a 7.17 ERA in those games. In his last 7 starts dating back to last year he has a 7.64 ERA and in those 7 starts he has faced the Halos 3 times and has a 1-2 record with a 7.46 ERA in those three starts. CJ Wilson gets the ball for the Halos and he has pitched well of late, allowing more than 3 ERs in 1 of his last 5 starts and he is 3-3 with a solid 3.52 ERA on the road this year. He also has a 2-1 mark with a 1.51 ERA in his last 5 starts vs the Mariners. LA averages 4.72 rpg on the road, while Seattle averages just 3.38 rpg at home. The Angels have all the edges in this game and should continue their hot play with another nice road win.
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