The Seattle Mariners are still alive in the playoff race in the American League going into the final week of the season. The Los Angeles Angels are playing out the string yet again but would love to throw a wrinkle in the Mariners’ playoff chase.
The two teams will play the rubber match of their weekend series Sunday at Angel Stadium.
Seattle Mariners Betting Preview: The Playoffs are in Reach
The Seattle Mariners come into play with a record of 85-70, good for second place in the American League West, six games behind the Houston Astros in the division standings.
They currently sit two games behind the Toronto Blue Jays and three games behind the New York Yankees for the second wild-card spot. Basically, the Mariners are going to have to win out to have a chance to make the wild card game. The Yankees and Blue Jays play each other beginning Tuesday.
As for Sunday, the Mariners will send lefthander Marco Gonzales to the mound to go for the series win. Gonzales has a record of 9-5 with a 4.14 ERA. In 130.1 innings, Gonzales has struck out 98 hitters, walked 37, and has allowed 28 home runs. In his previous outing, Gonzales went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out three and walked one in a 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Offensively, the Mariners are hitting .224, good for 15th in the American League. Their leading hitter is first/third baseman Ty France, who is hitting .291 with 18 home runs and 68 RBI. Third baseman Kyle Seager leads the Mariners with 35 home runs and 100 RBI.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Preview: Another Disappointing Season
The Los Angeles Angels come into play with a record of 74-81, good for fourth place in the American League West, 17 games behind Houston in the division standings.
The Angels have won two of their last three games, but the season overall has been one of disappointment. Mike Trout has missed time due to injury, and while Sunday’s starting pitcher, right-hander Shohei Ohtani has dominated on the mound and at the plate, he could not carry the team alone.
On the mound, Ohtani has a record of 9-2 with a 3.28 ERA. In 123.1 innings, Ohtani has struck out 146 hitters, walked 44, and allowed 14 home runs. In his previous outing, Ohtani went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out ten and walked three in a 3-2 loss to the A’s.
Offensively, the Angels are hitting .246 as a team, good for sixth in the American League. Their leading hitter is first baseman Jared Welsh, who is hitting .272 with 27 home runs and 90 RBI. Ohtani is hitting .257 with 45 home runs and 98 RBI.
Mariners vs. Angels Betting Odds & Lines
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Los Angeles -140, while Seattle checks in at +120. The Angels are favored by 1.5 runs, and the over/under is 8.5.
Free Betting Pick
The Angels are favored in this game for one reason: Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani dominates on the mound and at the plate, and on Sunday, he will be doing both. Every game is a must-win for the Mariners, but they are going to have their hands full on Sunday. Take the Angels in this one.