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Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners Free Pick - 9/20/13

Seattle Mariners (67-86) at Los Angeles Angels (74-78)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)

Erasmo Ramirez (R) (5-2) (4.973) vs. Jered Weaver (R) (10-8) (3.359)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels -193 / Seattle Mariners +183 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Northwest, FS-West

The Seattle Mariners remain on the road with the Los Angeles Angels next up.

Seattle has had a dismal season by any standard but thad a late lead and back to back victories against Detroit squandered by some awful relief pitching. In the end it was just another loss on number nine in eleven for those keeping track. Starter James Paxton wasn't great by any stretch with three runs given up on five hits and four free passes through five frames before Tom Wilhelmsen and Charlie Furbush giving up a run each. The offense totaled nine hits and walked once with Dustin Ackley cracking a three run bomb to give the M's a short lived 4-3 lead. The Mariners give Erasmo Ramirez the starting assignment versus the Angles in the series opener. Ramirez had been throwing the ball well until he dropped a 12-2 decision at St Louis with five runs allowed in four frames.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners Free Pick - 9/20/13

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The Angels suffered through many slips and slides during the course of the season which has made them a non factor in the American League West chase. However, like 'em or hate 'em the LAA have pulled things together to close within four games of .500 which I never thought would happen. Los Angeles has won seven of ten following a 5-4 decision over Oakland on Wednesday that saw Jason Vargas allow all four runs in the third over six innings pitched before four relievers shut down the A's the rest of the way. Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton clubbed two run homers with the latter plating the game winner on a sac fly in the 11th. Los Angeles hopes Jered Weaver continues his hot pitching when he squares off with the visiting Mariners. Weaver has tossed five consecutive quality starts in which he has gone 3-1 with a no decision.

Another big chalk game because the Angels are hot and have Weaver going. The problem with that thinking is that Weaver has been mortal in 2013...

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