Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/2/14
Seattle Mariners (0-0) at Los Angeles Angels (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
James Paxton (L) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Hector Santiago (L) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -128 / Seattle Mariners +118 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-NW, FSN-W
The Seattle Mariners will go for a sweep of the Los Angeles Angles on Wednesday. The Mariners won Tuesday’s matchup in another blowout, this time a score of 8-3.
Erasmo Ramirez silenced the Angles bats by lasting seven innings and allowing two earned runs. The bullpen finished the job and Brad Miller blasted two homeruns in the victory. With the Mariners looking for the sweep, James Paxton will make just his fifth career start. Paxton played in four games last season and allowed 15 hits in 24 innings, racking up a 3-0 record. The Angels have never faced Paxton before, and this will be just his third career start on the road.
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Once again, the Angels bats were quiet, striking out eight times and producing just eight hits and two runs. However, pitcher C.J. Wilson wasn’t any better, as he allowed 6 earned runs in 5.2 innings. This season is starting to look a lot like last season for the Angels. In hopes to avoid the sweep, Hector Santiago will get the start for Los Angeles. Santiago spent his first three seasons with the Chicago White Sox and is 8-10 in his career with a 3.41 ERA. This will be Santiago’s first career start against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 5-2 in their last 7 overall and 4-9 in their last 13 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Angels are 0-6 in their last 6 vs. American League West and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home favorite. The Mariners are 22-50 in the last 72 meetings in Los Angeles.
I don’t know what to make of the Angels. There’s tons of talent on the roster and already doubt is starting to settle in if the Angels are really worth any of the hype.
Maybe I’m crazy, but I’ll give the home team another chance. If the Angels have any sort of pride, they’ll put together a solid showing and avoid the sweep. After all, the Mariners aren’t as good as they’ve shown in their first two matchups.