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Series Preview: Mariners @ Angels (Losers club)

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Both teams enter this series on losing streaks

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The Mariners started of the year as one of the hottest teams in baseball, and they hit home runs in 20 straight games in the process. However, that hot streak ended as the Mariners slide into this series sporting a 5 game losing streak. Over their last 10 games, the Angels are 6-4 while the Mariners are 4-6.

Of course these two teams already met for a mini series up in Seattle, and the Angels dropped both those games.

Both of these teams come into this series on losing streaks, so something needs to give. The Mariners are also throwing two lefties against the Angels which doesn’t bode well. The Angels, who had the worst batting average against lefties in 2018, did nothing to improve that this past off-season. Once again, they sit at the bottom of baseball with a mere .160 average against southpaws, so don’t get your hopes up too high in games 2 and 3.

Know your foe:

Mariners - who’s hot (last 7 days):

Tom Murphy .364 AVG, 1 home run
Domingo Santana .321 AVG, 5 RBI, 2 walks
Mitch Haniger .308 AVG, 2 home runs, 5 RBI
Cory Gearrin 4 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 hit, 1 walk, 5 Ks

Weather Forecast

GAME 1

(R)Chris Stratton (5.54 ERA) v. (R)Felix Hernandez (4.38 ERA)
Thursday, April 18th @ 7:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats

Angels Summary:

So, Chris Stratton is still a thing. I mean, he hasn’t been terrible his last two starts, allowing only 2 runs in each of them. Only problem is he lasted 4 innings and 4.2 innings so he’s not exactly the picture of length. The Mariners scored 4 runs off 7 hits when they saw him on April 1st. It was not a joke.

Pitch Data:

Mariners Summary:

If his last start is to be believed, Felix Hernandez may be back to owning the Angels. He also found a way for Mike Trout to not dominate him and it started with a hit by pitch. If he does that again this game, that bench better clear.

Pitch Data:


GAME 2

(R)Felix Pena (3.65 ERA) v. (L)Marco Gonzales (3.19 ERA)
Friday, April 19th @ 7:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats

Angels Summary:

Felix Pena hasn’t faced the Mariners yet his year and you may not want to look at his starts last year (might be too late). Over his last two starts, Pena has allow 1 ER on 7 hits in 8.2 innings. Like many of the other starters, he’s been getting a quick hook this season.

Pitch Data:

Mariners Summary:

Marco Gonzales is a lefty and that’s probably all you need to know in this matchup (Sorry Felix Pena). What else? Oh he’s been good this year and already has 0.9 bWAR. He also dominated the Angels already this year with 1 run allowed on 4 hits over 8.1 innings.

Pitch Data:


GAME 3

(R) Trevor Cahill (4.50 ERA) v. (L)Yusei Kikuchi (4.23 ERA)
Saturday, April 20th @ 9:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats

Angels Summary:

Up until his last start, Trevor Cahill had been a consistent pitcher - in a good way. But Angelitis bit him earlier in the week and the Rangers knocked him around for 4 runs and 5 hits over 4 innings. He was solid against the Mariners on April 2nd, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits.

Pitch Data:

Mariners Summary:

It’s time to see Yusei Kikuchi first hand, and it’s a shame it will probably be on the losing end of this on. Kikuchi is a lefty so.... you know the drill. Kikuchi has been just alright in 2019 with a 4.23 ERA and 5 home runs allowed in 27.2 innings.

Pitch Data:


GAME 4

(R)Jaime Barria (5.87 ERA) v. (R)Mike Leake (3.86 ERA)
Sunday, April 21st @ 1:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats

Angels Summary:

Given the ability for Angels pitchers to get hurt, Jaime Barria may be around a while. His 2019 is not off to a great start with 5 runs allowed in 7.2 innings. He was decent but prone to the long ball against the Mariners in 2018.

Pitch Data:

Mariners Summary:

Mike Leake might present the best chance for an Angels victory in this series unless they pull off some magic in the first 3 games. He’s been solid though, allowing only 2 runs in 3 of his 4 starts this year and tossing around 6 innings in each of them.

Pitch Data:


Overall Verdict: You want the good news or bad news? Given there are two lefties plus Felix Hernandez is this one, I’d say an Angels series victory is a long shot. It’s not impossible to imagine them getting swept so hopefully they can pick up at least one victory in this set.

Current Standings (sorted by playoff odds)

Notes/Credits:
(Pitch tracking data from baseballsavant.mlb.com)
(Last 5 year splits from FanGraphs Splits Tool)
(Standings/odds from fivethirtyeight.com)