MLB Picks: Angels vs. Mariners Odds & Analysis

Joe Catalano

Saturday, July 13, 2013 3:41 PM GMT

Saturday, Jul. 13, 2013 3:41 PM GMT

Saturday night presents a premiere pitching matchup as Jered Weaver (3-4, 3.38) and the surging Los Angeles Angels (44-47) take on “King” Felix Hernandez (9-4, 2.69) and the Seattle Mariners (41-52).

The Mariners stopped the Angels in their tracks last night; this should be a good one.

First pitch is set for 10:10 pm ET at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. This game can be seen on MLB TV.

Bet 365 Sportsbook lists the Mariners as a slight -114 betting favorite while the total for the game is 7 runs.

Can the Angels, who are looking to get themselves back into the playoff hunt, recover from a sound 8-3 beating on Friday night and against one of the best in the business in Felix Hernandez? Pitching could take center stage in this game.

It’s Good To Be King?

Being the king will surely get Felix Hernandez in the Hall of Fame one day, but one can only think that if he was with a better baseball team for all of these years, how dominant a force that he could be and possibly a World Series Champion.

Hernandez went for the money and has still managed to keep a winning record with nearly ¼ of the M’s victories this season. Hernandez has allowed 2 runs in each of his last 3 starts. For any other pitcher, that would be outstanding, for the king, it’s average at best.

Key Note: The Angels have had Hernandez’s number in the past. He’s a lifetimne 7-12 against the Halos in 32 career starts with a 4.12 ERA.

Ageless Wonder

I’ve always wondered why the Yankees would allow Raul Ibanez to leave after such a successful season. Ibanez managed to crack another 2 home runs last night, raising his total to 24 home runs on the season. Ibanez also has a respectable. 264 BA to go along with the 24 HR and 54 RBI. Is this guy on the juice?

Ibanez is a lifetime 14 for 30 with 4 HR and 7 RBI against Jered Weaver. Those are huge number and expect to see Ibanez in the lineup and ready for action.

Welcome Back!

The Los Angeles Angels have one of the best offenses in the league when they’re at their best, but the pitching is the difference in getting them back into the playoff race.

You saw that Jerome Williams wasn’t the answer as the Mariners battered him around. While C.J. Wilson is a nice complimentary pitcher, a team needs an ace and for the Angels, that man would be Jered Weaver.

This is a guy that really needs no introduction. He’s coming off of a 20 win season with a sub 3.00 ERA. For his career, Weaver has a record of 105-56.It took a little repetition for Weaver to get back into the swing of things, but he’s come on strong as of late.

In his last 3 starts, Weaver has allowed 2 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings pitched. The right hander is also a lifetime 12-7 with a 3.21 ERA in 25 starts against Seattle. The Angels definitely have the advantage offensive-wise, but Seattle has home field advantage and this is surely going to be a pitcher’s duel.

Key Note

Mike Trout is on a 8 game hitting streak in which he’s 13 for 28 with 2 HR and 6 RBI. He’s also had Hernandez’s number, hitting a lifetime14 for 30 with 1 HR and 9 RBI against the legend.

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Outcome

Although the Angels possess a strong offense, this game will come down to the pitchers.

Pick- Seattle/Los Angeles UNDER 7 at Bet 365

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