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Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners - 7/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels
Date & Time Friday July 12, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Angels Stadium
Anaheim, CA
The Line
Los Angeles Angels -150 / Seattle Mariners +130
TV Channel
FS-West, ROOT-Northwest
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The Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels meet in game one of a three game AL West division set in MLB action from Angel Stadium on Friday night.

The Seattle Mariners will look to start the long climb out of the division basement, starting the year with a 13-2 record before falling off in a major way, ending the first half with a record of 39-55 after a 7-4 loss to Oakland in their final game before the all-star break. Omar Narvaez did all of Seattle’s damage on the board, going 4 for 4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs. Dee Gordon and Mallex Smith each had two hits with Gordon going 2 for 4 with a triple. Kyle Seager, Domingo Santana and J.P. Crawford each had a double to round out Seattle’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Matt Carasiti took the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on four hits while failing to make it out of the first inning. Mike Leake will start game one and is 7-7 with a 4.32 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. In his career, Leake is 5-4 with a 3.71 ERA and 34 strikeouts against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels also have a lot of work to do to climb the ranks in the AL West, finishing the first half under .500 at 45-46 after an 11-10 loss to Houston in their series rubber match in their last game before the all-star break. Mike Trout had a pair of home runs and four RBIs while Shohei Ohtani also went yard while putting up two RBIs. Albert Pujols and Jonathan Lucroy each had a double and an RBI with Lucroy going 2 for 4 with a triple as well. David Fletcher went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles while Andrelton Simmons added three hits of his own. Kole Calhoun and Luis Rengifo each chipped in two hits to cap off the Halos’ offense as a team in the losing effort. Jose Suarez gave up two runs on five hits while striking out four over 3.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Taylor Cole took the loss in relief, falling to 0-1 on the year in the process. Cole will make the start in an opener role here and is 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Cole’s first career start against Seattle.

Seattle is 1-7 in Leake’s last 8 road starts and 8-21 in their last 29 division games while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games overall. Los Angeles is 40-19 in their last 59 games against a team with a losing record and 4-0 in their last 4 series opening matchups while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. Seattle is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles.

This is a hard game to get a feel for, as I don’t know what I’m going to get from Cole in an opener role and Seattle has played slightly better down the stretch in the first half and also has a more known commodity in Mike Leake. However, the Mariners haven’t had much luck with Leake on the mound on the road, and his ERA jumps up over five away from Seattle this season. Some time has passed for the Angels but the team has more to play for in the second half after the passing of Tyler Skaggs and I think that if the Angels are going to make a legitimate push, it has to start right out of the gate, so I’ll lay the juice with the Angels in this spot on Friday.

Pick:
Los Angeles Angels -150

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