Cold Hitting Mariners Look To Heat Up Versus Angels Sunday

Jay Pryce

Sunday, April 9, 2017 4:03 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 4:03 PM UTC

The Mariners rank last in MLB in runs scored through the first week of the 2017 season. Can they get to Matt Shoemaker and the Angels on Sunday? Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma sure hopes so.

Seattle Mariners vs L.A. AngelsSeattle Mariners (1-5)

The middle of the lineup shoulders a lot of the blame for Seattle’s poor start. Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Kyle Seager look lost at the plate, combining to go 10-for-66. The team’s 2.17 runs per game ranks last in MLB.

A cold offense hurt today’s scheduled starter Hisashi Iwakuma in his season debut, losing 2-1 at Houston on Tuesday. The Japanese national has served on the top end of Seattle’s rotation for six years now, and is dynamite with a little run support. The team is 53-15 SU when scoring four runs or more behind Iwakuma.

Iwakuma is 9-5 with a 2.83 ERA against the Angels. He’s tossed more innings (121.0) against the AL West rivals than any other club. L.A.’s big bats have been silenced head to head. Reigning MVP Mike Trout is just 9-for-48 with 12 strikeouts, while Albert Pujols is batting just .148 (8-for-54).

The Mariners are 3-4 SU as a road dog at Angel Stadium behind Iwakuma, despite putting in a quality start in all but one. The team has lost three of the last four. What’s the issue? You guessed it. Run support. Seattle scored five or more in the wins, and 2, 1, 2, and 4 in the losses respectively

 Los Angeles Angels (4-2)

Trout was the hero once against Saturday night, belting a two-run homer off Evan Scribner in the seventh inning to lift L.A. to a 5-4 win over Seattle. If bettors can predict when Trout will hit a bomb, they will profit. The Angels are 106-57 SU when he slugs one or more home runs in a game, returning 23 percent profit at -115 average odds. The OVER returns 24 percent as well, beating the number by 1.9 runs per contest.

Matt Shoemaker is hoping Trout goes yard again on Sunday. Armed with one of the best splitters in the game, the right-hander took a no-decision in his season debut against the A’s. L.A. has won Shomeaker’s last five starts dating back to 2016 and is 24-13 SU lifetime when going off chalk.

Seattle’s current roster is hitting .286 (34-for-119) with a .871 OPS against Shoemaker collectively. Almost half of the lineup’s 34 hits have been for extra bases, including seven doubles, a triple, and seven home runs.


Final Analysis

The Angels are 6-4 SU against the Mariners with Shoemaker on the hill. Dueling with Iwakuma tends to bring the best out of the club and the right-hander. The team is 4-0 in previous head-to-head matchups, winning on the run line in each. Expect a similar result today with Seattle’s bats in a slumber. Angels -120 is the play.

Free MLB Pick: Angels -114Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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