2016 Game 18: Mariners at Angels

 

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Seattle Mariners (8-8, 3rd AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (7-10, 4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 74F, Wind SW 9mph

Pitching Matchup

Felix Hernandez (1-1, 1.00 ERA)

Felix Hernandez delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2016 (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Felix Hernandez delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2016 (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

After being scratched from last night’s start due to an illness, Hernandez met with team trainers and received medication, then was sent back to the team hotel to rest. The Mariners seem confident that Hernandez will be ok to go for tonight’s game. Hernandez has been his normal dominant self this season, having given up just 2 earned runs over 18 innings in 3 starts so far. In his last start a week ago at Yankee Stadium he gave up 1 run on 5 hits in 5 innings to take the victory in a game the Mariners won 3-2.

~VS~

Hector Santiago (1-0, 2.61 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on April 7, 2016 (Sean M Haffey/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on April 7, 2016 (Sean M Haffey/Getty Images)

While Santiago hasn’t exactly been dominant in his 3 outings so far this season he has been effective. He’s given up 6 earned runs over 20 2/3 innings, but his last outing was by far his best of the season. His last start was Monday in Chicago and in that game he held the White Sox scoreless on just 2 hits over 7 innings and tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts in a game the Angels won 7-0. Santiago has seen his average fastball velocity rise a couple of ticks so far this season, and the Angels are hoping this isn’t just an early-season anomaly.

Game Notes

  • Hernandez is 14-14 with a 3.30 ERA in 46 career starts vs. the Angels. In his past 14 starts against them, he’s 7-2 with a 1.37 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 92 innings.
  • Santiago is 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA and one save in 12 career games (four starts) vs. the Mariners. He’s held second baseman Robinson Cano to a .188 average (3-for-16), and third baseman Kyle Seager to .167 (2-for-12).

Starting Lineups

Seattle

  1. LF-Nori Aoki – .231
  2. SS-Ketel Marte – .212
  3. 2B-Robinson Cano – .246
  4. DH-Nelson Cruz – .270
  5. RF-Franklin Gutierrez – .217
  6. 3B-Kyle Seager – .136
  7. C-Chris Iannetta – .225
  8. 1B-Dae-Ho Lee – .250
  9. CF-Leonys Martin – .204

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .275
  2. LF-Rafael Ortega – .176
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .283
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .138
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun – .311
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .246
  7. 2B-Cliff Pennington – .188
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .162
  9. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – 0-for-6

AL West Standings

  1. Oakland: 10-8 (.556)
  2. Texas: 10-8 (.556)
  3. Seattle: 8-8 (.500)
  4. Angels: 7-10 (.412)
  5. Houston: 6-12 (.333)

Other AL West Matchups

  • Oakland 3, Toronto 9 – F
  • Texas 3, Chicago White Sox 4 – F/11
  • Boston 3, Houston 8 – F

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