Danny Salazar had a brilliant outing for the Indians last night, another positive sign, but the offense took the night off in a 4-1 loss late. The Rays took control in the bottom of the 8th, snapping a 1-1 deadlock to take a very important game for them. Every game is mightily important for about half of the American League for the rest of the year. It’s going to make for an exciting race.
Last night wasn’t too exciting for us, as the Indians couldn’t facilitate any offense. Moving on to tonight, where we will look to break out of my worst losing streak of the season. For the most part, it’s been a pleasant ride for myself, but it hasn’t been the prettiest lately.
We head out to Seattle, where I hope the Mariners don’t set me up for false hope again. The Mariners welcome the Angels, as they’re both seeking a position in the postseason. Don’t look now, but the Angels are just 2 games back of a wildcard. Thanks to what has been a pretty abysmal year in the American League, other than a few teams, a .500 record gets you a chance at reaching the postseason.
The Angels are a game below .500 and are only 2 games behind, so that tells you all you need to know. Seattle has the final wildcard as I write this, but there are five teams breathing down their necks. Within 2.5 games of the final spot are five teams. The standings now could look a whole lot different in just a week, so stay tuned. Get our free MLB betting pick below. Also, be on the look out for my NFL picks which will now be posted on a regular basis.
L.A. Angels vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
J.C. Ramirez (10-10, 4.21 ERA)**PITCHING CHANGE vs. Marco Gonzales (0-0, 12.27 ERA)
The Mariners can thank James Paxton for the position they’re in. He’s been the catalyst in the starting rotation that has them thinking postseason. I’ve said it in the past, but I will say it again, if Felix Hernandez was pitching at his top-form, the Mariners would be in a comfy position. Hernandez is gone for 3-4 weeks, while David Phelps will be out for 2-3 weeks. Phelps is quite the weapon out of the bullpen, so his loss is definitely understated. This time of the year and into the postseason, it’s usually the team who can find production out of the bullpens who make it further.
Marco Gonzales will get the start today in place of Felix. Since 2015 Gonzalez has made only three starts, getting rocked in all of them. He had a 13.50 ERA in 2015, sat out 2016, and then had one start as a member of the Cardinals. That start resulted in another 13.50 ERA. Gonzalez has made one start with the Mariners since getting traded, and that was rough, too. **Note that Ricky Nolasco is pitching in place of Ramirez.
He allowed 5 runs in 4 innings for a 11.25 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. Yikes. What the Mariners are hoping for is that he can hold down the fort just enough to allow the Mariners’ offense go to work at the plate. Gonzales will get belted, but the Mariner bats may come to his rescue. They’ll contend with Angels’ hurler, JC Ramirez, who is coming off a brutal start against the Orioles in a 6-2 loss. The OVER should give us a win to snap out of a losing streak.
PICK: OVER 9.5 (+110) **PITCHING CHANGE