Preview: Mariners at Angels

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Wind: WSW 3
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Seattle Mariners (80-67) at Los Angeles Angels (93-55)
DATE/TIME: Monday, September 15 - 10:05 PM EST
WHERE: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
LINE: 114, -123 TOTAL: 7.5


There are many reasons why the Los Angeles Angels are running away with the American League West and Matt Shoemaker could be at the top of the list. The rookie right-hander tries for his seventh straight victory - and 16th of the season - when Los Angeles begins a four-game series with the visiting Seattle Mariners on Monday. "We are not shocked by what he is doing,'' Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher told USA Today of the 27-year-old Shoemaker. "We always felt we could put him out there and he'd give us a chance to win. He's been doing a little more than that."

The Angels' magic number to win their first American League West title since 2009 remained at four after their 10-game winning streak - one short of the club record - ended with a 6-1 loss to Houston on Sunday. Seattle dropped the final two contests of a three-game series with Oakland - 4-0 on Sunday - to fall one game behind Kansas City for the second wild card spot with its fourth loss in five contests. Seattle begins an 11-game road trip which also takes it through Houston and Toronto by giving the ball to Hisashi Iwakuma, who has struggled in his last four starts but is 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in eight career games against Los Angeles.

TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, ROOT (Seattle), FSN West (Los Angeles)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Hisashi Iwakuma (14-7, 3.11 ERA) vs. Angels RH Matt Shoemaker (15-4, 3.16)

Iwakuma had a five-game winning streak snapped in his last turn when he allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings of a 5-2 loss to Houston on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Tokyo native is 2-1 with an unsightly 7.50 ERA in his last four turns after permitting only one run in his previous three starts - all wins - over 21 2/3 innings. Iwakuma, who received a no-decision in Seattle's 3-2 loss in Anaheim on July 18, has fared well against AL MVP candidate Mike Trout (4-for-22, six strikeouts).

Shoemaker set a franchise record for wins in a season by a rookie after yielding one run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of an 8-1 victory at Texas on Wednesday. "Every day I've just tried to get better," the Michigan native told USA Today. "If you can make a difficult game as simple as possible, it's going to help you." Shoemaker faced the Mariners twice - once in relief - and earned a 7-5 victory in Seattle on May 29 in his fifth major-league start after yielding three runs 5 1/3 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Mariners C Mike Zunino (.195, 20 homers, 52 RBIs) is 4-for-31 in September.

2. The Angels (93-56), who lead the majors in scoring at 4.9 runs per game, are on pace to set a club record for wins in a season, surpassing the 100 they recorded in 2008.

3. Seattle, which is 24-16 since the start of August, has won seven of the 12 meetings this season, including four of six at Angels Stadium.

PREDICTION: Angels 3, Mariners 2
 
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Seattle 80-67 L1 38-39 42-28 17-12 19-14 35-30 9-11
LA Angels 93-55 W10 49-24 44-31 19-14 24-9 38-24 12-8

Last Meeting

Seattle LA Angels
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/20/14 SEA 5 LAA 6 .278 1 .686 .400 2 1.105

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
SEA J. Smoak .341 14 1.096
LAA M. Trout .362 17 1.035
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
SEA J. Smoak 3 9 11
LAA A. Pujols 3 5 8
Pitching ERA Avg K
SEA 2.76 .240 111
LAA 4.23 .220 113
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
SEA R. Cano .322 175 .855
LAA H. Kendrick .293 170 .745
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
SEA K. Seager 23 66 88
LAA M. Trout 34 107 107
Pitching ERA Avg K
SEA 3.00 .245 1184
LAA 3.51 .264 1242

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -129 119
-125
7
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports OFF OFF
-110
7.5
Sportsbook OFF OFF
-110
7.5
5Dimes.eu
-122
117
-101
7.5
GTBets.eu OFF OFF OFF
Top Bet -124 114
-105
7.5
BetOnline.ag -123 113
-105
7.5
BetDSI -130 110
-109
7.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont OFF OFF
-110
7.5
BookMaker.eu -130 110
-109
7.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate OFF OFF OFF
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Seattle Overall LA Angels
80-67 W/L 93-55
85-62 RL W/L 79-69
57-82-8 O/U 73-70-5
3.95 Runs For 4.92
3.24 Runs Against 3.82
Seattle A/H LA Angels
42-28 W/L 49-24
49-21 RL W/L 35-38
32-36-2 O/U 31-37-5
4.41 Runs For 4.56
3.27 Runs Against 3.67