MLB August 29: Los Angeles Angels versus Seattle Mariners
In this AL West battle, the Angels come in with a 11-22 record, last in the division. They won the first game of the series between the teams by a 3-2 score. The Mariners are 13-21 and 4th place in the division. Dylan Bundy is set to start the game on the mound for the Angels and Justus Sheffield is scheduled to get the ball for the Mariners. Seattle is the favorite at –175 to +156 with an “over/under” of 8 ½.
David Fletcher leads the Angels with a .314 batting averages, followed by Anthony Redon with a .307 mark with six home runs and 17 RBI. The top power threat continues to be Mike Trout, who has gone deep 11 times with 26 RBI. Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani is batting only .188 but does have five home runs and 16 RBI. As a team, the Angels have 47 home runs and average 4.6 runs per game.
Seattle is batting only .231 as a team with 37 home runs and 4.4 runs per game. Their top offensive threat has been Kyle Lewis, batting .347 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. Austin Nola has been very productive at .313 with five home runs and 19 RBI. Dylan Moore, Evan White, and Kyle Seager have also hit five home runs each.
Dylan Bundy has been excellent this season, posting a record of 3-2 with a 2.58 ERA. He’s struck out 44 and walked only eight in 38 1/3 innings. Closer Ty Buttrey has four saves with a 3.38 ERA, while Felix Pena (2.30 ERA) and Noe Ramirez (3.29 ERA) have also been rock solid. As a team, the Angels have a 5.31 ERA and defensively have committed 21 errors for a fielding percentage of .982.
Justus Sheffield enters with a 2-2 record, 3.51 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings. The bullpen has been hit around with regularity. Closer Taylor Williams has saved six, but has been far from automatic with an ERA of 6.39. Don Altavilla (7.71 ERA) and Matt Magill (6.10 ERA) have added to the bullpen woes. As a group, the Mariners have an ERA of 5.32. They have been slightly better than the Angels defensively, having committing 17 errors.
Although the Mariners are the favorites, I am leaning towards the Angels. Bundy has the edge over Sheffield and the Angels bullpen has been more reliable. In addition, the Angels have the biggest threat who can turn the game around with one swing in Mike Trout. I’m not seeing a whole lot of runs scored in this one with two quality starters on the mound against very mediocre offenses. Go with the “under” and an Angels victory.