Los Angeles Angels (37-30 SU, 32-35 ATS, 28-35-4 O/U) at Seattle Mariners (42-24 SU, 34-32 ATS, 34-31-1 O/U)
When and Where: Wednesday, June 13, Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash., 4:10 p.m. EDT.
Marco Gonzales faces a tall challenge in continuing his breakout season Wednesday when he looks to win a fifth consecutive start for the Seattle Mariners while keeping Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels under wraps in the series finale between the AL West rivals.
Richards again sets out to end winless spell for Angels
Garrett Richards (4-4, 3.26 ERA) tries again to end a personal three-game losing streak for Los Angeles as his winless spell his reached six starts.
The right-hander has not registered a decision in his last two starts despite conceding only three runs and seven hits while striking out 16 in 12 1-3 innings. Richards was bailed out of a loss Friday at Minnesota after giving up two runs in 5 1-3 innings as the Angels rallied late for a 4-2 victory.
Richards is 0-3 with a 2.53 ERA during his winless stretch, giving up more than three runs in just one of those starts. Los Angeles has not given him much help, scoring nine runs in his last six starts, including five in the last five.
He is 2-2 with a 3.21 ERA in seven road starts this year, yielding more than two earned runs just once in the last six. Richards, though, has struggled with his control on the road, walking 22 in 33 2-3 innings while striking out 37.
One of those road victories came at Safeco Field on May 14 when he stifled the Mariners on four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-0 victory. Richards is 3-3 with a 3.05 ERA in six lifetime starts at Seattle and has been feast or famine in them. In the three victories, he has tossed 21 scoreless innings while conceding just nine hits, but in the three losses, Richards has been tagged for 13 runs and 26 hits in 17 1-3 innings.
Gonzales looks to win fifth straight start for Mariners
Marco Gonzales (7-3, 3.28 ERA) continues his push to make the All-Star team as he looks to further his breakout season for Seattle.
The left-hander has posted a sparkling 0.98 ERA during his four-start winning streak, limiting opponents to three earned runs in 27 2-3 innings while holding hitters to a .174 batting average and lowering his earned run average by 1.38 runs during this surge.
Gonzales has beaten Tampa Bay in his last two starts, yielding two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings of a 4-3 road victory Friday. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts at Safeco Field, with the victories coming in the last two outings.
He had a no-decision against Los Angeles on May 5, with the Mariners rallying to take him off the hook for a loss after giving up four runs and nine hits in six innings of Seattle’s eventual 9-8, 11-inning victory. Gonzales has no record and a 4.40 ERA in three career starts against the Angels, serving up three homers in 14 1-3 innings while giving up seven runs and 17 hits overall.
The Angels are:
- 1-6 in their last seven games vs. left-handed starters.
- 2-6 in Richards’ last eight starts vs. AL West opponents.
- 1-5 in Richards’ last six starts vs. above-.500 teams.
The Mariners are:
- 5-1 in Gonzales’ last six starts vs. above-.500 teams.
- 4-1 in Gonzales’ last five starts vs. AL West opponents.
- 5-2 in Gonzales’ last seven home starts.
Trout, who shared the major league lead with 21 homers entering Tuesday night’s contest after belting a pair of solo homers in Monday night’s 5-3 series-opening loss, is 11 for 17 with three homers, three doubles and a triple in four games at Safeco Field this season while compiling a staggering 2.171 OPS.