The Seattle Mariners suffered a beatdown on Saturday at Angel Stadium against the Angels in Anaheim. The Angel offense throttled Mariners’ pitching, as they scored 12 runs in a 12-3 win. Cesar Puello was the standout on Saturday, as he brought in 4 runs for the Angels. He also added a long ball for a terrific day at the office. The Angels have a nice looking lineup on paper, but far too often inconsistencies sink their battleship.
Their lack of success goes back to their pitching, though. If they could finally get some pitching, then they wouldn’t have to depend on Mike Trout having a big day all of the time. A team with Trout on it should at least be playing in the postseason. Wasting his talent on a losing team is difficult to look at, but the guy is getting paid serious money, so he isn’t going without much sleep at night. The Angels enter Sunday with a record of 31-34 after defeating the Mariners last night.
More bad news for the pitching staff, though. Trevor Cahill was placed on the 10-day IL and the Angels are going to have to dig into their minor league system to put together the rotation. It’s a familiar story for the Angels, as injuries to their pitchers have been a common occurrence over the past several years.
Cahill was scheduled to get the nod today, but is not going to be around for a while due to a sore elbow. Replacing Cahill will be rookie Jose Suarez. Suarez will be making his second start of his career against the Mariners this afternoon. The M’s are expected to counter with veteran Wade LeBlanc. Head below for our free Mariners vs. Angels pick.
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This is another spot start for Suarez, as he unexpectedly got the call up from Triple-A again. After getting the call on June 2nd to start against the Mariners, he probably didn’t think he’d be back up in the majors so quickly again. It wasn’t like his outing against Seattle was terrible, but the Angels do not want to ruin his arm and development by bringing him up too early.
Suarez is only a 21-year-old, and at that age, getting routine starts are usually reserved for guys teams feel fully comfortable about, like Mike Soroka of the Braves. Suarez was not blazing a trail through AAA ball this season. He has appeared in 5 games and has a 3.91 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in the Pacific Coast League. In his lone major league outing, Suarez was decent, finishing with 5 hits and 3 runs allowed across 5.2 innings. He had a 1.41 WHIP in the contest, which is adequate enough for a spot start as a rookie.
For Suarez, though, I think he would have been happier seeing a different team this time around. The first time seeing a pitcher can be tricky for some hitters. They’ve never seen him before and don’t know what to expect. Now that the Angels just saw Suarez a week ago, nothing is going to come as a surprise.
It’s especially hard for a minor leaguer, who isn’t ready to be pitching at this level of play on a regular basis, to disguise what pitch he is delivering. If the Angels did their homework, they should be able to put more than 3 runs up on the board against Suarez here.
They might need more than 3 anyway to help out Wade LeBlanc. LeBlanc has an ERA of 5.70 and 1.40 WHIP on the season. He is coming off his best starting of the season against the Astros, as LeBlanc went 8 strong innings and allowed just 3 hits and 1-run. LeBlanc came out to play in the 2nd inning on, and the Mariners may go with this plan again.
If LeBlanc does not pitch the 1st inning, he will surely be following in the 2nd or 3rd. Outside of that outing, though, he’s been struggling. And pitchers like LeBlanc often find it difficult to duplicate what they just did in consecutive appearences. I’d look at this game to get into double digits and the OVER coming in at Angel Stadium on Sunday.