A west coast battle, featuring AL West foes, continues tonight in Seattle between the Angels and Mariners. With another mediocre season in the books for the Angels and Mariners in 2016, it’s looking like more of the same for them in 2017.
Kind of sad that arguably one of the best player in baseball can’t even get to the postseason. Mike Trout is racking up the personal accolades, but his team have been major underperformers.
The Angels continue to feel the effects of the deal they signed with Albert Pujols. Pujols signed a massive multi-year deal in 2012 after spending his career in St. Louis for ten years. Note that the only season Pujols hit under .300 with the Cardinals was in 2010. And you want to know what that batting average was? .299.
How many seasons does Pujols have hitting over .300 with the Angels? Zilch, zero. The best year he had in that regard was in 2012 when he hit .285. Further, Pujols only has one year he belted 40 home runs in Anaheim. He’s off to hitting for a .231 batting average in 2017, along with 3 long balls.
With last night pending, the Mariners are 11-15 this year, and on the verge of going 11-16 if they fail to come back from their current 4-3 deficit as I write this. Conversely, the Angels are 14-13, good enough for 2nd in the AL West. The Astros appear to be the team to beat, as they’ve already jumped out to a 4-game lead in the division.
The ‘Stros are looking much better than what they did in their 2016 campaign. Veterans Ricky Nolasco and Hisashi Iwakuma take the mound for their respective teams. Get our free Angels vs. Mariners pick here at The Sports Geek.
L.A. Angels vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 4.13 ERA) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (0-2, 4.15 ERA)
I have to give some credit to Nolasco for sticking around in a starting rotation still. He’s looked dead in the water for the last few years. After posting an ERA of 5.38 in 2014, and then a 6.75 in 2015, it appeared that he was going to be living the minor league life or in the bullpen. Nolasco owned a 5.13 ERA in 2016. The fact here is that the Angels have struggled with pitching. It’s been their main problem over the Pujols’ era. They are saddled with his huge contract, and the team hasn’t been too quick to spend money since giving him that much money. Additionally, Trout is not making minimum wage, that’s for sure.
Nolasco has been okay this season, as he’s racked in a 4.13 ERA. For him, I suppose he can look at that as an accomplishment, because it’s certainly good enough to hang around in the poor rotation that makes up the Angels.
The Angels’ bullpen owns a 4.11 ERA, witch pretty poor numbers across the board in the majors. Iwakuma boasts an ERA of 4.15 this season, including a beatdown at home. He allowed 6 runs on 7 hits in just 3 innings pitched against the Rangers. His numbers equated to a 18.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP, and .471 OBA. The Angels don’t have the best bullpen, but the Mariners is absolutely atrocious. They are 29th with a 5.80 ERA and blowing leads left and right, including last night. Detroit is only worst than the Seattle pen. The OVER in Seattle looks like a good MLB pick for us on Wednesday.
PICK: OVER 8 (-115)