Justin Dunn (2-1, 5.57 ERA) vs. Griffin Canning (0-3, 4.88 ERA)
The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels meet after a blowout on Saturday night. The Mariners will lick their wounds and see what they can do this afternoon. The Angels pounded the Mariners by a score of 16-3 thanks to a run explosion late.
They scored 10 runs from the 6th to 8th inning. Mike Trout went wild with 6 RBI on 3-for-4 hitting. Trout has racked up 12 home runs, 32 RBI, and a .282 batting average. That puts him into contention for the National League MVP award with Mookie Betts and Ferndando Tatis Jr.
If there isn’t much separation between the three at the end of the regular season, expect the guy on the team with the better record to win MVP. That would go to Betts on the Dodgers. Tatis Jr. is the only of the three with a batting average above the .300 mark at the moment.
As only a 21-year-old, Tatis Jr. has been a must-watch player whenever he has a bat in his hand. Expect him to be terrorizing pitchers for a long time. That is going to come with a mammoth payday in the future.
The Angels need to get something going if they are going to find a back path into the postseason. They looked terrific on Saturday, but they’ve been an inconsistent team that can easily look like crap in the next breath. The Angels go into Sunday with a record of 12-22 for dead last in the AL West.
Unbelievably, the Angels are a half game behind the Mariners as of Sunday morning. Okay, if you are an Angels’ fan, not too much is unbelievable regarding this team. You are used to them playing well below expectations.
Behind the Mariners and last in the division, though? The AL West is a two-team race between the Athletics and Astros, with the Angels 9.5 games back. That back path into the postseason I was talking about is getting smaller and smaller on them despite a 16-2 win.
Griffin Canning, who has been struggling recently, will get the call for the Angels. Fellow second-year pitcher, Justin Dunn, will counter for the Mariners. This is the third game of a four-game series, with the Angels aiming for three straight wins on Sunday. Head below for our free Seattle Mariners vs. LA Angels pick for August 30, 2020.
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Justin Dunn will be tasked with quieting the Angels after they erupted on Saturday. Dunn has to be looking at what transpired last night, and thinking he can’t afford an effort like that on the hill. He is coming off his best start of the season to help his numbers out a bit.
Dunn gave up just 1 hit and no earned runs against the Rangers last week. However, the Rangers are one of the worst offenses in the majors, and Dunn was at home where he’s been more comfortable. Dunn owns an ERA of 2.70 and 0.90 in Seattle.
However, Dunn has gotten hammered for a 8.18 ERA and 1.82 WHIP through 11 innings on the road. That includes a start against the Angels to open the year on July 29. Dunn left the game after pitching 3 innings. He exited with an ERA of 6.00 and 1.33 WHIP after getting hurt with a long ball. Dunn also had spotty appearances against the Rangers and Dodgers on the road.
If Dunn can’t go deeper into this game, there’s likely going to be issues for a Seattle bullpen that gave up 10 earned runs yesterday. The Angels’ offense will likely simmer down a bit, but they should be able to get to Dunn and the relievers. The Mariners can’t rely on Dunn providing a standout performance in this one, so the offense will have to help out.
Griffin Canning heads into today with a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts. He has given up 10 earned runs through his previous 13.1 innings on the bump. Opponents are hitting .284 against Canning this season. Overall on the year, the Angels have one of the worst pitching staffs with a 5.24 ERA for 25th in the majors. Conversely, the Mariners are 29th with a 5.66 ERA. There should be plenty of opportunities to score at Angel Stadium on Sunday.