Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels meet for game one of their series of the two bottom teams in the A.L. West. The Angels are -125 favorites over the Mariners with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
The Seattle Mariners have played some of the worst baseball we have seen this season and they are also a team that has proved they have what it takes to beat the good teams in bunches as well. The Mariners are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 9-9 at home this season, and they are in third place in the A.L. West, 6.5 games behind the Rangers. As a team the Mariners are hitting .233 with Ichiro Suzuki hitting .283, Kyle Seager hitting .270, and Jesus Montero hitting .257. As a team the Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 3.89 with the starters at 3.88 and the bullpen at 3.93. For game one against the Angels Seattle starts Jason Vargas who has won in two of his last three starts. For the season Vargas has allowed 49 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 42 over 64.2 innings of work for a 3.34 ERA.
The Los Angeles Angels were the most disappointing team in baseball for the first quarter of the 2012 season. The Angels are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 9-15 on the road this season, and they are in last place in the A.L. West, seven games out. As a team the Angels are hitting .250 with Howard Kendrick at .256, Vernon Wells at .244, and Albert Pujols at .213. As a team the Angels have an ERA of 3.60 with the starters at 3.48 and the bullpen at 3.92. For game one against the Mariners Los Angeles starts Dan Haren who is having his worst year as a pro. For the season Haren has allowed 60 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 45 over 55.2 innings of work for a 4.37 ERA.
Seattle is 5-1 in their last six games overall, 5-2 in their last seven home games, and 5-1 in Vargas’ last six home starts. Los Angeles is 8-15 in their last 23 road games, 1-4 in their last five games against a left handed starter, and 0-4 in Haren’s last four starts. Los Angeles is 36-16 in the last 52 meetings for these two.
The total is set at just 6.5 but I see this one going well over that number so my play is the over.