The Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners will wrap up a three-game series at T-Mobile Park on Sunday afternoon. This is the rubber-match with the Mariners winning the first game, 7-4, and the Angels coming back with a 10-5 win on Sunday afternoon. Jared Walsh had a monster day for the Angels, as he went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI.
Anthony Rendon also came through with a big performance on 3-for-5 hitting with 4 RBI. When the Angels are clicking, their offense can do damage in a hurry. The effort from Mike Trout was overlooked because of Wash and Rendon, but Trout had a productive outing as well. Trout recorded 2 RBI on 2-for-4 hitting in the win for the Angels.
Ljay Newsome lasted just 2 innings for the Mariners. He was on hill for 7 hits, 8 earned runs, and 2 walks. Just not a good game for Newsome, who missed a chance to impress against a solid Angels lineup. Conversely, Griffin Canning did his part with 3 hits and no earned runs conceded through 5.1 innings of work.
The Angels were able to get a game above .500 with a record of 13-12. They’re currently 1.5 games back of the Oakland Athletics for the lead in the AL West. It’s a tight bunch between the A’s, Astros, Mariners and Angels at the moment. There’s only 1.5 games of distance separating the four teams. Expect this to be a competitive division late in the season as well. No one is really jumping off the page as the front-runner.
Seattle should have a bright future with some emerging young talent, though. They head into Sunday with a record of 15-13 and a game behind the A’s for the lead in the AL West. The Mariners have just two wins in their last seven games. They avoided getting swept against the Houston Astros with a 1-0 win in the series finale, and then won the first game of this series, 7-4.
The Mariners are expected to send Justus Sheffield to the bump on Sunday afternoon. Sheffield spent the first season of his career in the Bronx with the Yankees. They weren’t too excited about him, and sent him to Seattle for the 2019 season. He is still trying to prove that he’s a legitimate starter in the majors. Sheffield was solid during the shortened 60-game campaign, but it’s tough to say what would have happened in a full year. Dylan Bundy is expected to counter for the Angels. Head below for our free Mariners vs. Angels pick on May 2, 2021.
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The Mariners had to be happy with what they saw from Justus Sheffield last year. For the first time in his career, Sheffield looked like a major leaguer last season. Sheffield posted an ERA of 10.13 and 5.50 in his first two years before putting a decent ten-game campaign in 2020. He looked good with an ERA of 3.58 and 1.30 WHIP through 55.1 innings of play.
Sheffield had a solid spring as well last season and it carried over into the regular season. He got off to a slow start in spring training this year, though. Sheffield posted an ERA of 5.54 and 1.77 WHIP, with the expectation that he’d pick it up in the regular season. His poor form has carried over to the regular season, as Sheffield goes into Sunday with an ERA of 5.32 and 1.59 WHIP.
Opponents are hitting .300 against Sheffield, which includes four starts in 2021. In three of his four performances, Sheffield has been tagged for at least 3 earned runs. He’s coming off a miserable effort against the Houston Astros, as they got to Sheffield for 12 hits and 4 earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. He hasn’t seen a bump in production at home. Sheffield has posted a 5.91 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 10.7 innings at T-Mobile.
The Angels are leading the major leagues with a team batting average of .265 and scoring 5.1 runs per 9 innings. Dylan Bundy has gotten off to an okay start for the Angels. This is what absolutely can’t happen if the Angels are going to have success in 2021. Bundy must be better than okay for the Angels. He enters Sunday with an ERA of 4.20 and 1.10 WHIP. In his previous three outings, Bundy has recorded a 4.50 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.
There’s nothing wrong with these numbers at all, but the Angels need a lot from their rotation. His 3.29 ERA from last season is more like it. Note that the Angels are 30th in the majors with 5.67 runs against per 9 innings. They need much better to threaten in the AL West. I think the total is a shade too low here, with 9 runs likely where it should be. I like the total to go OVER the total in a 6-4 game.