Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (46-38, 2nd AL West) @ Seattle Mariners (39-46, 4th AL West)
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 81F, Wind NW 6mph, 0% Chance of Rain
Garrett Richards (9-5, 3.35 ERA)
While Richards has experienced some bumps in the road this season after his return from knee surgery last August, he has certainly rounded into ace form of late. Over his last 5 starts Richards is 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA having allowed just 8 earned runs over 35 1/3 innings in that span. In his last outing Friday in Texas, Richards notched his 9th win of the season holding the Rangers to just 1 run on 6 hits over 7 2/3 brilliant innings.
Felix Hernandez (10-5, 3.02 ERA)
Outside of a rough 3-start stretch in early June which included a game where Hernandez gave up 8 earned runs in just 1/3 of an inning, King Felix has been his usual brilliant, Cy Young caliber self all season. Hernandez’s last start came on Independence Day in Oakland where he held the A’s to 2 runs on 10 hits over 7 innings, but he took the tough luck loss as the Mariners were shut out to lose 2-0.
- Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon will rejoin his team Thursday after missing the last three games to attend the funeral of his younger sister in Indiana.
- Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson was removed from Wednesday’s game in the fourth inning with back spasms and probably won’t play on Thursday. He’s listed as day-to-day.
- Mike Trout has faced King Felix more times than anyone and has hit him really well, sporting a .345/.365/.621 slash line with three home runs in 63 plate appearances. One of those homers came on Opening Day.
- 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .269
- RF-Kole Calhoun – .263
- CF-Mike Trout – .305
- 1B-Albert Pujols – .264
- SS-Erick Aybar – .279
- LF-Matt Joyce – .193
- DH-C.J. Cron – .238
- C-Carlos Perez – .239
- 3B-Taylor Featherston – .121