Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels (-125,
The Los Angeles Angels have wrapped up a playoff spot and
attempt to take another step toward winning the American League
West when they host the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. Los
Angeles won the series opener to assure it will be part of the
playoff field and its magic number stands at three to wrap up
the division. Seattle has lost five of its last six games and
has fallen two games behind the Kansas City Royals for the AL’s
second wild card.
Albert Pujols delivered a three-run double as Los Angeles
rolled to an 8-1 victory on Monday but his availability for
Tuesday is unclear after he departed with a hamstring cramp.
The victory was the 11th in 12 games for the Angels, who have
established themselves as the best team in baseball over the
past two months. Monday’s defeat represented a bad start
for Seattle’s 11-game road trip as the Mariners can’t afford
too many losses if they want to remain in the wild-card hunt.
TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, ROOT
(Seattle), FSN (Los Angeles)
Pinnacle Sports opened the Angels as -120 faves but are now
-12. The total has held at 8.5.
INJURY REPORT: Angels – 1B Albert Pujols
(Questionable, hamstring), RF Josh Hamilton (Day-to-day,
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Mariners (-175), Angels
WEATHER: Temperatures in the low-90s with
clear skies. Wind to blow out to right at 5 mph.
WHAT SHARPS SAY: “Cory Rasmus is scheduled to make
only his fourth career start on Tuesday night for the Angels.
Rasmus made 43 relief appearances for the Braves and Angels the
past two years before being thrown in the starting rotation
three weeks ago. Rasmus has now started three-straight games
and the right hander has averaged less than three innings per
start, lasting just 3, 1.2 and 3.1 innings each time. Despite
struggling at Minnesota, he actually pitched well in his other
two brief starts versus Oakland and Texas and overall Rasmus
has a solid 1.00 WHIP as a starter this season.” Covers
Expert Steve Merril.
WAG WAR: Fernando Rodney’s wife Helen and Kole
Calhoun’s wife Jennifer.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners LH Roenis Elias (10-12,
3.81 ERA), Angels RH Cory Rasmus (3-1, 2.80)
Elias has struggled against Los Angeles, going 0-2 with a 5.56
ERA in two outings during his rookie campaign. He received a
no-decision against Houston in his last turn when he gave up
one run and six hits in six innings. Elias has allowed one run
in four of his last five outings despite going just 1-3 during
Rasmus is making his fourth consecutive start but has yet to
make it through the fourth inning. He lasted 3 1/3 innings
against Texas in his last turn on Thursday, giving up one run
and two hits in a no-decision. Overall, he has allowed three
runs and five hits with nine strikeouts over eight innings in
the three starts.
* Mariners are 1-4 in the last five meetings.
* Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Los Angeles.
* Mariners are 1-4 in Elias’ last five starts.
* Angels are 7-0 in their last seven vs. a team with a winning
COVERS CONSENSUS: 67 percent of wagers on Covers
Consensus are backing the Angels.