The Angels have been trying hard to go out with some respectability in 2016. Falling way back of the postseason picture months ago, it’s about the only thing the Angels have been playing for the rest of the way. It’s really not what you think of when Mike Trout and Albert Pujols comes to mind. You think of winners who are at least going to hold up their team to at least have a go at the postseason. The only thing that comes to my mind when I think of Pujols is a guy collective a massive paycheck, yet not bringing the results his contract demands. It’s not really his fault, the Angels threw a contract at a guy who already hit his prime and was clearly going to go into decline mode shortly after the contract was signed.
And for Trout, he just caused a major car accident, sending a woman with serious injuries to the hospital so all the way around, it’s been a season to forget. Trout was uninjured and will travel with the team to Seattle. A lawsuit isn’t something he was looking to welcome near the end of the season, but by the looks of it, there will be some money changing hands, if reports are correct of him rear-ending a stopped vehicle.
The Angels’ season has been a bit of a car wreck this season, but they have won five straight games, if that is any consolation. At the end of the day though, the Angels still sport an abysmal record of 59-74, far back of the pace they wished to accumulate. The writing was on the wall this season for them due to a poor pitching staff, but I don’t think too many people were expecting them to fall off the cliff quite like this.
Conversely, here is a Seattle Mariners team throwing away their postseason chances. Right at the cusp of a wildcard spot, the Mariners have now lost five in a row, and eight of their last nine games. It’s a killer for the Mariners, who are 4 games back of the postseason. Things change quickly in baseball, as we can see from everything going on recently. How about the Royals? Who are only 3 games back of a wildcard now. They looked dead in the water, but are in the process of staging some kind of comeback.
L.A. Angels vs. Seattle Mariners
Brett Oberholtzer (1-0, 7.00 ERA) vs. Ariel Miranda (1-1, 5.70 ERA)
The Mariners need to figure things out quickly, with only a month left in the season. Ariel Miranda will try and steer the ship in the right direction for the Mariners on Friday night. Miranda pitched 2 innings for the Orioles this season and they had enough of him after getting hit for an ERA of 13.50 and 2.00 WHIP. He was sent packing to the Mariners, where they needed some reinforcements for their pitching staff. He hasn’t been up to par, posting a 5.70 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. Miranda had one start against the Angels, and it was more of the same, with a 5.40 ERA in five innings pitched.
Oberholtzer is coming off an adequate start against the Detroit Tigers, allowing 1 run across 3 innings. Yes, the Angels were especially cautious with him, and yanked his tail before the wheels were about to fall off. He did allow 3 hits and 2 walks, so he wasn’t flawless and could have been dinged up pretty good if left in the game. The Angels might stretch this start a little more to see what he has in the tank. This is only his second start of the season after playing a relief role in Philadelphia and Anaheim. Pitching should get smacked around on both sides tonight. There should be plenty of opportunities for more than 8 runs scored in this game.
PICK: OVER 8.5 RUNS (-115)