Los Angeles Angels versus Seattle Mariners (May 30)
The Los Angeles Angels take on the Seattle Mariners in an AL West match up.
The Angels, fourh in the division, are set to start Tyler Skaggs on the mound.
Yusei Kikuchi is scheduled to pitch for the last place Mariners.
The Angels have a solid, although not spectacular offense.
David Fletcher tops the team with a .318 batting average.
Tommy LaStella is tied with Mike Trout for the team lead in home runs with 12 and leads in RBI with 33.
Kole Calhoun had added 10 home runs and 29 RBI, while 39-year old Albert Pujols had contributed nine home runs and 25 RBI.
As a team, the Angels are scoring 4.8 runs per game.
The Mariners live and die by the home run ball, having smashed 98 long balls this year, averaging 5.1 runs per game.
Daniel Vogelbach heads a group of five with more than ten home runs,
having hit 15 with 32 RBI. Jay Bruce, Edwin Encarnacion and Mitch Haniger all have done deep 13 times.
Domingo Santana leads the team in RBI with 42 and has 10 home runs.
On the mound for the Angels, Tyler Skaggs is 4-4 with a 4.40 ERA.
He’s struck out 47 in as many innings and has allowed a respectable six home runs.
Ty Battrey is the most used member of the bullpen and has allowed only four earned runs in 27 2/3 innings.
Cam Bedrosian has hurled 25 1/3 innings and had an ERA of 3.20…
while Victor Robles and Noe Ramirez have been less effective, combining for an ERA of 4.34 in 47 2/3 innings.
All told, the Angels have allowed an average of 5.1 runs per game.
Yusei Kikuchi has been solid for the Mariners, with a record of 3-2 and a 3.83 ERA.
He can be hurt by the long ball, having given up nine home runs.
Brandon Breenan has been the workhorse out of the pen, posting an ERA of 3.18 in 28 1/3 innings.
Connor Sadzeck has been the most effective reliever, allowing just six earned runs in 22 1/3 innings.
Roenis Elias and Cory Geurrin are also frequently used and have been decent, posting a 3.52 combined ERA.
The Mariners have been very poor in general at keeping opponents off the board, allowing six runs per game.
This has all the makings of an above average scoring game.
The Angels likely can go deep at least once against Kikuchi given his propensity for allowing the long ball.
The Mariners always seem to score a lot of runs, particularly at home. Look for a close game with plenty of offense.
My take is the Mariners to edge the Angels by a 6-5 or 7-6 margin, so betting the “over” is a safe play in this one.