Slumping Mariners Still Holding Wild Card Spot
The Seattle Mariners try to snap a two-game losing streak when they take on the host Los Angeles Angels in the first of a three-game series between division rivals on Monday night. Seattle dropped the final two games of its weekend series against the Texas Rangers and is in the second wild card spot in the American League, a half-game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Los Angeles has won two in a row but is still 10 games behind the Rays for the final wild card spot in the AL. These teams have played 12 times already this season, so to help you with your betting online, read our in-depth preview of the series opener.
Mariners Hit Bump In Road
After taking two wins from the New York Yankees and a series-opening victory against the Texas Rangers, the Seattle Mariners had their troubles over the final two games of the series, dropping them both. Seattle had just four hits on Sunday while striking out 13 times, which was not a winning formula.
“It’s disappointing,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said after Sunday’s loss. “It’s not the end of the world. But we’ve got to get back going offensively. You’ve got to hit on the road to win. I’ve always said that, and we’ve got to get back to doing those things.”
Shortstop J.P. Crawford scored two of the Mariners’ runs on Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a double. Crawford is batting .259 with 20 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 29 RBIs and 49 runs scored.
Right-hander Luis Castillo will get the start for Monday’s series opener. Castillo is 5-4 with a 2.71 ERA and has gone 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA in two starts since coming to the Mariners at the trade deadline from the Cincinnati Reds.
Castillo faced the Yankees in both of his starts with Seattle. He took a no-decision in his last start on Tuesday, throwing eight shutout innings and allowing just three hits while striking out seven and walking two.
Angels Showing Some Fight of Late
The Los Angeles Angels looked like they’d dropped out of the playoff hunt by being a seller at the trade deadline, but they enter this series having won four of their last five. Los Angeles took two of three from the visiting Minnesota Twins over the weekend and would love to make up some more ground with a good series against the Seattle Mariners.
Reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani will get the start for Monday’s contest, bringing a 10-7 record and 2.68 ERA to his 20th start. Ohtani has 157 strikeouts in 111 innings, ranking seventh in the majors in the category. He threw six shutout innings in his last start against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.
Ohtani has also been solid at the plate, batting .254 with 17 doubles, three triples, 26 home runs, 68 RBIs and 64 runs scored.
Third baseman Luis Rengifo was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs on Sunday. Rengifo is batting .270 with 17 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 29 RBIs and 27 runs scored.
Mariners vs Angels Head-To-Head
The Los Angeles Angels have won seven of the 12 matchups against the Seattle Mariners, including a split of a four-game series in Seattle earlier this month. Los Angeles hasn’t won the season series between the division rivals since the 2019 campaign.
The Mariners took two out of three in the previous series at Angel Stadium and went 10-7 at the venue over the past two seasons. A look at the MLB lines for Monday’s contest shows Seattle getting the slightest of edges to win the game.
Mariners vs Angels Game Information
- Game: Mariners (62-54) vs Angels (51-64)
- Location: Angel Stadium, Los Angeles
- Day/Time: Monday, Aug. 15, 9:38 p.m. ET
- Mariners vs Angels Live Stream: MLB.tv
Mariners vs Angels Betting Lines
L. Castillo -R
|Los Angeles Angels
S. Ohtani -R
Mariners vs Angels Prediction
This should be a very good matchup with two pitchers that can shut an opponent down. The Los Angeles Angels have shown they can compete with the Seattle Mariners, but we like the visitors to come away with the victory.
When doing your MLB betting, take Seattle to win on the road.