The Seattle Mariners (29-38, 15-17 home) host the Los Angeles Angels (32-36, 15-18 away) in the finale of a five-game set that began on Thursday. Los Angeles has three of the four matchups so far, including a doubleheader sweep yesterday. The two divisional rivals will clash again this month with a three-game series in Anaheim.
Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. EST inside T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners are the betting favorite (-170), and the over-under run total is 7.5 runs.
What to Know – Los Angeles Angels
The Angels have looked good against the Mariners and aim to carry that momentum in Sunday’s afternoon contest. Los Angeles is 5-5 over their last ten contests and sit in third place in the American League West.
Left-hander Kenny Rosenberg (0-0, 7.50 ERA, 1.67 WHIP) takes the hill for the visitors. The 26-year-old rookie hasn’t been in the league too long, appearing in just two contests in his young career. Rosenberg fired five innings in his last trip, coughing up four earned runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Nothing new here, but Mike Trout is off to another all-star season at the plate of the Halos. The talented outfielder leads Los Angeles with 20 home runs, 41 RBI, and a .291 batting average. Shohei Ohtani (13 home runs, 37 RBI) and Jared Walsh (12 home runs, 38 RBI) added two offensive to a talented Angels lineup.
Los Angeles is 21st in the league with a .237 team batting average, scoring 4.2 runs per game. The Angels’ pitching staff ranks 14th in the majors with a 3.84 team earned run average.
What to Know – Seattle Mariners
Seattle hopes to end the extended series with a victory and end a ten-game stretch where the Mariners are 3-7. The losing ways have sent Seattle tumbling to fourth in the AL West, 12 games outside of third place, and three games back of the Angels.
Right-hander Logan Gilbert (7-2, 2.22 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) is the probable starter for the Mariners. Gilbert’s been on a tear over recent starts, picking up three wins in four attempts. The 25-year-old budding ace has surrendered four earned runs in June, logging 18.0 innings of work with 16 strike outs.
The youth of Ty France and Julio Rodriguez give Seattle fans hopes of a return to the postseason in the near future. France is the team leader in RBI (44) and batting average (.318). Rodriguez is a candidate for Rookie of the Year, swatting eight home runs and stealing 18 bases over 66 games at 21 years of age.
The Mariners score 3.9 runs per game behind an offense that sits in 23rd in the MLB, hitting .234. Seattle’s pitching staff is 17th in the major league with a 3.92 team ERA.
The Pick is In
Statistically, these two foes are evenly matched. The Mariners don’t score as many runs as the Angels, but the hosts get a boost on the mound today.
With Gilbert on the mound, the Mariners get it down and capture a much-needed victory in their home stadium heading into next week.
The Pick: Seattle Mariners ML