Los Angeles Angels (57-58) vs. Seattle Mariners (59-56)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 11th, 10:10 pm EST
Ricky Nolasco (5-12, 5.09 ERA) vs. Marco Gonzalez (0-0, 11.25 ERA)
Line: Seattle -117/LA Angels +107
The Angels take on the Mariners on Friday night in the second game of a four game series. This is actually one of the more interesting series in baseball this weekend, as the Mariners have taken the lead in the race for the second wild card. It has less to do with the Mariners greatness, and more to do with the fact that no one in the American League seems to want to win the thing.
The Angels, despite all their pitching problems, are only two games out of the playoffs right now. And I know Angel fans think of they could just get there, that Mike Trout could carry them for a series or two. This series could go a long way in determining if they are going to be around come September and October.
Nolasco is still strolling along
Ricky Nolasco gets the call for the Angels on Friday, and I have to say I’m surprised that he’s still getting the ball. I know the Angels are short on pitchers, but Nolasco is now 34 years old, has 12 losses and an ERA of over five. And this Angels team is still in the hunt for a wild card. Their Triple A pitching prospects must be pretty bare if they still are going with Nolasco.
He’s won only one of his last six starts, but he has actually been pitching a little better lately. He has given up three earned runs or less in three of his last five starts, and he’s only had two losses during that span. Nothing groundbreaking obviously, but for a guy whose lost 12 games on the year, it’s a better than an average stretch.
Marco Gonzales gets the call
Marco Gonzales gets the call on Friday for the Mariners, and he’ll be making only his second start of the year and the ninth of his brief career. He is in his second year and his career ERA is over six, which is actually an improvement over how he has been this year. In his two starts, he’s allowed five earned runs in each and his ERA is 11.25.
There are many bad stats to turn to, but the one that stands out is that opposing batters are hitting .371 against him. I know there’s not much to go off of, but that’s a staggering number. He’s allowed 13 hits in only 7.1 innings pitched thus far this year, and hasn’t gone more than four innings in either start.
The Los Angeles Angels are:
- 1-5 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- 8-21 in their last 29 Friday games.
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record.
- 2-6 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series.
The Seattle Mariners are:
- (no trends available)
It’s hard to say who has the pitching advantage in Friday’s contest. A veteran with 12 losses or a guy making his ninth career start. I’ll go ahead and go with the home team and who I think is the better team. Let’s take the Mariners on Friday.