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7-8 Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels 7-9
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time: 9:05 PM ET
Venue: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California
Projected Pitchers: Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Hector Santiago
MLB Moneyline Odds: Off
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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So far the AL West has been pretty unpredictable. Texas is not a shock at the top but Houston has been terrible. Both of these clubs are in the middle of the pack and this weekend will be their first look at each other. Coming into the year I was much higher on Seattle than L.A. and I have seen nothing to make me change that opinion.
The Mariners have pitching so their success this season is likely to hinge on whether the lineup produces regularly. So far the results have been middling. Robinson Cano has been going deep with six homers already but his average is down.
Nelson Cruz is leading the team in hitting but has yet to find his power stroke. They need more than one player, him, to be batting over .250 for the team to get on a roll.
Hisashi Iwakuma is an underrated hurler, who has not gotten off to the greatest of starts. He is giving up more than a hit per inning but since the rest of his peripherals look good I don’t think there is too much reason to worry. His track record is solid.
The Seattle bullpen has been very effective. They are leading the AL in batting average against and striking out more than a batter per inning. Steve Cishek may not be a sexy closer but he has been very effective.
Los Angeles Angels
To me the Angels are a .500 team at best so the fact that they are lingering at just below that heading into the weekend means they are right on schedule. I am a little surprised at how bad their offense has been in the early going – they are 29th in runs. Albert Pujols is looking like an old man again and they need him to be more like an All-Star. Getting Mike Trout back to superhuman status would help too.
Hector Santiago has been the Angels best pitcher to start the season. The Angels have won all three of his starts and he is coming off his best game of the year in which he struck out 10 White Sox in his last outing. Perhaps this is a breakthrough season for the lefty.
The Angels pen is nothing special and the numbers bear that out. Huston Street is one of the least intimidating closers in the game and they don’t have the kinds of big arms that have become the standard these days.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- SEA are 6-2 in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 8-3 in SEA last 11 Sat. games.
- SEA are 8-2 in Iwakumas last 10 road starts.
- Under is 6-2 in LAA last 8 Sat. games.
- LAA are 9-0 in Santiagos last 9 starts.
- LAA are 9-0 in Santiagos last 9 starts on grass.
Free Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Prediction:
It is hard to knock what we have seen from Santiago but I still trust Iwakuma more and I like more of what I am seeing from Seattle on the whole. I do believe the Angels offense will get more respectable eventually but until they do I am going to be fading L.A. most often. Other than games where the starter is really sharp I don’t see how they win.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Seattle ML
I think this line will probably be close to a pick ’em which should make it a nice value for the Mariners. If you are getting +115 or more than definitely hammer it home.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Seattle 5 – Los Angeles 3
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