Series Preview: Halos Return Home to Take on Mariners

By Jason Evans

The Angels look to fix themselves against the struggling Mariners this weekend as the Halos return home to the Big A. The Angels come in losers of six of their last eight with a struggling pitching staff. The Angels currently sit one game out of the Wild Card but are looking up at four teams.  After a good July, August hasn’t been kind to Seattle, losers of five of their last six. These teams haven’t matched up since early June and will be seeing  a lot of each other down the stretch.

The first series was a four gamer that the Angels swept in late May. In early June, the Mariners came back and took two out of three.  These are two very different teams from the last time they met. Albert Pujols is hitting.  Ichiro Suzuki is no longer a Mariner. Here are the matchups for the weekend:

Tonight: Ervin Santana vs Felix Hernandez

Saturday: Dan Haren vs Hisashi Iwakuma

Sunday: Jason Vargas vs Jered Weaver

The Angels can right the ship on this homestand. They need to take two of three this weekend or even sweep and try to get some positive momentum. The Angels have won 21 of their last 27 games at home vs Seattle and they need to keep that going.