The Mariners swept the Angels in their early August series and have won 7 of their 13 matchups this year. Seattle isn't exactly tearing up the league with their 176 runs since All Star break, which is 13th in the AL. The Angels are 10th with 189. The Mariners are also toward the bottom in AVG and homeruns - the later of which they share 13th place with the Angels. Only the Royals and White Sox have hit less homeruns than the Angels and Mariners since the break.
Also since the break, the Angels have a team ERA of 4.24 which is good for 12th place. Surprisingly, the Mariners are in 13th place with a 4.52 ERA. Both teams have pretty even records in the second half with the Angels sitting at exactly the .500 mark and the Mariners are two games over.
The Mariners have been pulling a page out of the Angels playbook lately, and have lost 8 of their last 9 games, including a 14-1 pummeling by the Rangers on Wednesday.
Biggest question: Can the Angels keep the Mariners to their recent losing ways?
Brett Oberholtzer vs. Ariel Miranda
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 @ 7:10PM
Oberholtzer is still not stretched out very far, but he did allow just 1 run in 3 innings on 59 pitches in his last outing; and first start as an Angel. Oberholtzer was rocked in his first appearance as an Angel, but since then in 3 games he has allowed just 1 run in 7.1 IP. The 26 year old shut-out Seattle over 8 strong innings when he faced them back in 2015 as an Astro.
27 year old Miranda only has 23.2 big league innings under his belt but has yet to give up more than 3 runs in a start (as few as he's had). He gave up 3 runs in 5 innings when he faced the Angels a few weeks back.
Tyler Skaggs vs. Taijuan Walker
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 @ 6:10PM
Matt Shoemaker vs. Hisashi Iwakuma
Sunday, September 4th, 2016 @ 1:10PM
Matt Shoemaker has been back on his game lately, has thrown less than 6 innings in his last 8 starts and has only given up 4 ER in his last 3 starts through 20 innings. He's faced the Mariners 3 times in 2016 and aside from his horrible start in April, he's pitched 14 innings his last two times on the mound vs. Seattle and allowed 5 runs and 2 walks.
VERDICT: I think Shoemaker should out duel Iwakuma
OVERALL VERDICT: The Angels have a good shot at winning the series, maybe even a sweep.