Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels start a very tough eight-game homestand on Thursday night by welcoming the AL West rival Seattle Mariners for the first time this season. The Halos are slight favorites for Game 1 on the MLB Lines.
Mariners vs Angels MLB Spread & Game Analysis
“I want to race Mike Trout.”
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— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) 18 de abril de 2019
- When: Thursday, 10:07 PM ET
- Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Felix Hernandez/Felix Pena
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: TuneIn/MLB
- MLB Spread: LA Angeles -1.5 (Total 10)
Seattle swept two games vs. the visiting Angels from April 1-2. The first game was 6-3. Felix Hernandez allowed one earned run and pitched into the sixth inning for his first victory since June. Hernandez allowed seven hits. He struck out four and earned his first victory since June 30, 2018. Hernandez went his final 11 starts of last season without a win. He starts Thursday. Seattle scored four times in the first inning off starter Chris Stratton.
In Game 2, Seattle won 2-1. Marco Gonzales pitched into the ninth but couldn’t quite finish up after Dan Vogelbach hit a tiebreaking homer an inning earlier. Vogelbach homered off Luis Garcia and also doubled in the third inning. Anthony Swarzak earned the save in his first appearance of the season by striking out Albert Pujols and getting Jonathan Lucroy to ground out to second.
Why Bet on Seattle?
The Mariners were one of the early surprises in the majors but took a five-game losing streak into Wednesday’s game vs. Cleveland.
Seattle has 7 different players this season record at least 10 runs and 10 RBI: Mitch Haniger, Ryon Healy, Domingo Santana, Dee Gordon, Tim Beckham, Jay Bruce, and Edwin Encarnación. Only 15 other players in the American League have accomplished this feat this season. Oakland (3), Baltimore (3) and Chicago-AL (2) are the only team with multiple players with at least 10 runs and 10 RBI.
Haniger is one of 4 Major League players this season to record at least 15 runs and 15 RBI, joining Cody Bellinger-LAD (22 R, 23 RBI), Christian Yelich-MIL (17 R, 22 RBI) and Anthony Rendon-WAS (18 R, 17 RBI). The Mariners are in second the Major Leagues with 19 stolen bases, trailing only Kansas City (20) and ranking ahead of Tampa Bay (16), Texas (15) and Chicago-AL (13). Gordon leads all players with 7 steals.
It’s former ace and Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez on the mound. Hernandez (1-1) took the loss Saturday, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five as the Mariners fell 3-1 to the Astros. Two of the three hits off the veteran right-hander were homers, and the Seattle offense couldn’t make up the difference against Justin Verlander.
Hernandez beat the Angels in his first start this season, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs (1 earned) in 5 1/3 innings. That was his first time topping the Halos since 2016. He’s 17-18 with a 3.56 ERA in 54 career games vs. Los Angeles.
- Runs: 6.29
- Hits: 9.29
- Walks: 3.52
- Strike Outs: 10.05
- Runs: 4.86
- Hits: 8.81
- Walks: 3.10
- Strike Outs: 8.00
Why Bet on LA Angels?
L.A. remains without slugging outfielder Justin Upton. He is expected to shed his protective walking boot in roughly one week. Upton can start getting back into baseball activities at that point, but the timetable still calls for him to miss most of the first half. The veteran outfielder landed on the injured list at the end of spring training after being diagnosed with turf toe.
Left-hander Dillon Peters was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, as right-hander John Curtiss was optioned to Triple-A after allowing one run in 2 1/3 innings in Monday’s 12-7 loss. Peters could give the Angels some length in their bullpen, as he made one start with Salt Lake, throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just one hit on April 7.
Albert Pujols is 11 RBI shy of 2000 for his career. Pujols would become the third player all-time to reach the milestone (since 1920) joining Hank Aaron (2297) and Alex Rodriguez (2086). Pujols (3,093 hits) ranks 22nd on the all-time hit list. Dave Winfield is 21st with 3,110 hits. Pujols is 10 home runs shy of becoming the seventh player in MLB history with 200-or-more HRs in each league.
It’s Chris Stratton on the mound. Stratton allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and four walks across 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the Cubs on Saturday. All things considered, he looked better Saturday than he did in his first two starts. Stratton is 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, and seven strikeouts in 13.0 innings this season.
He pitched April 1 in Seattle and allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss. The good news is that Stratton didn’t give up another run after the first inning. The bad news is that obviously means he gave up four runs in that opening frame. Stratton was acquired on March 26 to begin the year as the fifth starter.
- Runs: 3.89
- Hits: 6.83
- Walks: 3.67
- Strike Outs: 5.72
- Runs: 4.39
- Hits: 8.17
- Walks: 3.11
- Strike Outs: 7.78
Mariners vs Angels MLB Betting Trends
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings
- Seattle is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle’s last 7 games on the road
- LA is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- LA is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels’s last 6 games at home
Expert Final Score Prediction for Mariners vs Angels
Seattle Mariners 4 – LA Angels 5