Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (46-39, 2nd AL West) @ Seattle Mariners (40-46, 4th AL West)
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Mostly Cloudy, 74F, Wind SW 7mph, 0% Chance of Rain
Hector Santiago (5-4, 2.40 ERA)
Santiago has been one heck of a pleasant surprise for the Angels this season and enters tonight’s game with the American League’s 4th best ERA among qualified pitchers at 2.40. Santiago has given up one or fewer earned runs in 10 of his 16 starts this season and has given up 3 earned runs or fewer in 14 of those 16 starts. He has also pitched at least 5 innings in every start this season and pitched at least 6 innings in 10 of the 16 starts. In his last outing on Independence Day, Santiago blanked the Rangers on 3 hits over 7 brilliant innings down in Arlington.
Mike Montgomery (4-2, 1.62 ERA)
Montgomery, a 26 year-old rookie who was called up from Triple-A Tacoma in early June to take the rotation spot of the injured James Paxton, has been absolutely brilliant for Seattle in his 7 starts so far this season. After tossing back-to-back complete game shutouts against the Royals & Padres respectively on June 23 & 30, Montgomery held Oakland to 1 run on 6 hits over 5 2/3 innings in his last start on Sunday.
- Angels closer Huston Street will not be available to pitch during the four-game set. The 31-year-old tweaked his groin on the final pitch of a 3-2 win for the Angels on Wednesday night at Coors Field and is one save away from becoming the 27th pitcher in Major League history to join the 300 saves club. Reliever Joe Smith will temporarily take on closing duties in his absence.
- Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is hitting .154 (2-for-13) in 17 career plate appearances against Santiago, with just one RBI.
- The Angels have lost just two of their nine series with the Mariners since the start of the 2014 season.
- 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .265
- RF-Kole Calhoun – .266
- CF-Mike Trout – .304
- 1B-Albert Pujols – .260
- SS-Erick Aybar – .282
- 3B-David Freese – .246
- DH-C.J. Cron – .248
- C-Chris Iannetta – .194
- LF-Dan Robertson – .297