The Los Angeles Angels don’t have an answer for Seattle Mariners pitching. They carry a meager .167 batting average with 10 extra-base hits and one walk in four games against the division rival this year, all losses. The lone glimmer of hope in last night’s loss, back-to-back home runs by Albert Pujols and David Freese, was upstaged by Corey Hart’s two-homer night. Nearly losing a season series just two weeks into the season could be detrimental the team’s psyche, which makes tonight’s game so important.
Garrett Richards busted the Angels out their slump last Friday following Seattle’s opening series sweep. Tonight they ask him to do it again. He gave up three runs-one earned- and struck out seven Houston Astros in leading the Angels to their first win of 2014.
The righty is 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in three starts against Seattle, including a win at Safeco Field in which he gave up four hits in 7 2/3 innings last August. The northwest has always been kind to Richards, who holds a 3.26 ERA in five games at Safeco.
One week after stifling Oakland A’s batters in his major league debut, 25-year-old Roenis Elias looks to extend the Mariners’ winning streak over the Angels to 5-0. He allowed one run and two hits in five innings, ultimately getting a no-decision in the Mariners’ loss. The Cuban faces a Halo offense that had only one hit after the first inning last night.
- The Angels only have four extra-base hits and a .197 batting average with runners in scoring position this season.
- As a team, the Angels won 11 out of 19 games against the Mariners last year.
- Last night, Hart homered in his first-ever plate appearance at Safeco Field.
TV: 7:10 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West, ROOT Sports
Radio: KLAA 830 (Los Angeles), 710 ESPN (Seattle)