#978 Seattle Marinersvs.#977 Los Angeles Angels
Sunday, August 8 2017, at 4:10pm EDT
Written by Chris Kubala
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (59-58 SU, 56-61 RL, 48-61-8 O/U) vs. Seattle Mariners (59-58 SU, 54-63 RL, 57-56-4 O/U)
MLB: Sunday, August 13, 2017, Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington, 4:10 pm ET
Lines: Seattle -123, Anaheim +113; Over/Under: 9
It’s the conclusion of a series between a pair of AL West rivals up in the Pacific Northwest. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play the final game of a four game series against the Seattle Mariners Sunday afternoon. Anaheim won the opening game of the series, 6-3, Thursday night and followed that up with a 6-5 victory Friday night. The pitching matchup for Saturday’s third game of the series saw J.C. Ramirez pitch for the Angels against Seattle’s Erasmo Ramirez. First pitch in that contest was set for 9:10 pm ET.
Anaheim took the first two games of the series and is poised for a series win here no matter what happens Saturday. The Angels are a half game behind the Twins for the second wild card spot in the AL entering Saturday’s action. Anaheim rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win the game. Albert Pujols (run, two RBI) had three hits for the Angels while Andrelton Simmons (RBI) and Martin Maldonado (run) each had two. Ricky Nolasco recorded a no-decision after allowing five runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts over five innings. Keynan Middleton (3-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning and Yusmerio Petit recorded his second save of the year.
The Angels are expected to send Parker Bridwell to the hill for his 12th appearance and 11th start of the season. He is 6-1 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.197 WHIP, 16 walks and 42 strikeouts over 66 innings of work. Bridwell picked up the victory in his last start, which came Tuesday night at home against the Orioles. He threw seven innings, allowing one run on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts in a 3-2 Anaheim triumph. Bridwell is 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP, four walks and 12 strikeouts over 19.1 innings in his last three starts. The lone loss in Bridwell’s major league career to date came against Seattle at home on June 30: he gave up five runs on 11 hits with one walk and two strikeouts over six innings in a 10-0 Angels loss. In his 14th major league appearance and 11th career start, he pitches at Safeco Field for the first time.
Seattle was on a roll and had jumped into the second wild card spot in the American League earlier this week. Back to back losses to open this set knocked them out of that spot: they entered Saturday half a game behind the Twins. The Mariners blew a 5-1 lead Friday night, allowing the winning run to score in the ninth on a Jean Segura error. Nelson Cruz (two runs, two RBI) had three hits for Seattle while Segura and Jarrod Dyson (run, RBI) added two apiece. Marco Gonzales recorded a no-decision after allowing a run on four hits with one walk and no strikeouts over 4.1 innings. James Pazos (3-4) took the loss as he gave up one run (none earned) on one hit with one walk and one strikeout in 1.2 innings.
Ariel Miranda is on the hill for his 24th start of the season for the Mariners in this contest. He is 7-5 with a 4.65 ERA, a 1.162 WHIP, 42 walks and 109 strikeouts over 131.2 innings of work this year. Miranda recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came against the A’s on the road Tuesday, to extend his winless stretch to six. He threw five innings, allowing six runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in a 7-6, 10 inning Seattle victory. Miranda is 0-1 with a 7.02 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, three walks and 21 strikeouts over 16.2 innings in his last three starts. He makes his sixth career start against the Angels here: he is 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP over 31 innings of action. Miranda is 7-2 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.003 WHIP over 19 appearances, 17 starts, totaling 111.2 innings at Safeco Field in his career.
The crazy AL wild card picture involves these two teams as they, along with Tampa Bay, entered Saturday within half a game of the Twins for the second wild card spot. Bridwell has been a revelation for the Angels as they brought him up with injuries to Matt Shoemaker, Tyler Skaggs and the inconsistency of guys like Ricky Nolasco. He’s paid dividends for them for certain but his lone big league loss came to this Seattle team. Miranda has struggled of late but he’s owned the Angels in his career. Look for Seattle to find a way to come up with a win in the finale of this set.
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Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. He keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college, the NHL, the NBA and college basketball and MLB.