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Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels - 4/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners
Date & Time Monday April 1, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)
Location
T-Mobile Park
Seattle, WA
The Line
Over: 8.5 (-115) / Under: 8.5 (-101)
TV Channel
FS-West, ROOT-Northwest
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The Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners meet in game one of a mini two game AL West division set in MLB action from T-Mobile Park on Monday night.

The Los Angeles Angels will look to bounce back after dropping 3 of 4 against the Oakland A’s in their opening series, including a 2-1 loss to the A’s in the series finale on Sunday. Kole Calhoun went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a double while Justin Bour added a double of his own to round out the offense for the Halos in the losing effort as L.A. mustered up just three hits as a team in the losing effort. Tyler Skaggs took the loss, falling to 0-1 after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three over 4.2 innings of work. Chris Stratton will start game one and was 10-10 with a 5.09 ERA and 112 strikeouts for the Giants last season. This will be Stratton’s first career start against Seattle.

The Seattle Mariners will look to keep their momentum going after getting back to .500 following victories in 3 of their 4 games against Boston, including a 10-8 win in the series finale on Sunday. Dee Gordon and Omar Narvaez each led the M’s with three RBIs with Narvaez hitting a three run home run. Mitch Haniger had two RBIs and a double while Mallez Smith and Jay Bruce each added an RBI to round out Seattle’s scoring in the win with Bruce hitting a solo home run as well as a double. Ryon Healy added a double while going 2 for 4 and Tim Beckham had a base knock to cap off Seattle’s offense in the victory. Wade LeBlanc got the win to improve to 1-0 after giving up six runs, four earned, on seven hits while walking three over 5.1 innings of work. Felix Hernandez will start game one and was 8-14 with a 5.55 ERA and 125 strikeouts last season. In his career, Hernandez is 16-18 with a 3.58 ERA and 340 strikeouts against the Angels.

Los Angeles is 1-7 in their last 8 road games and 20-43 in their last 63 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games overall. Seattle is 0-4 in Hernandez’s last 4 starts and 5-1 in their last 6 home games while the over is 6-0 in Hernandez’s last 6 division starts. Seattle is 2-7 in Hernandez’s last 9 starts against Los Angeles.

The M’s and the plus money could be worth a look given how well the Mariners took it to the defending champions, however, Seattle has had no luck against the Angels with Hernandez on the bump dating back to last season and in two starts against the Angels last year, Hernandez allowed 12 runs in 8.1 innings of work. On the other hand, while Stratton will no doubt want to put his best foot forward for his new team, I just think that he’s no more trustworthy than King Felix, so I’ll side with the over in a game that could easily hit double digits.

Pick:
Over: 8.5 (-115)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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