It’s been a fantastic showing of perseverance by Seattle, but there is no time to breathe as there are several teams hot on their heels. The Angels are one of them, as they were able to absorb the loss of superstar Mike Trout for six weeks and sit very much in contention.
The Mariners are currently two games ahead of the Angels in the wild card race so this series is an important one for both sides.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners
Dates: Thursday, August 10, 2017 – Sunday, August 13, 2017
Location: Safeco Field, Seattle, WA
Every single starting pitcher of note was injured early in the season for Seattle. Felix Hernandez is dealing with another injury and won’t be available for this series, but at least ace James Paxton is healthy. Seattle has one of the better teams in the race and health permitting should be able to stick around.
The Angels aren’t as talented but have Trout, who is far and away the best player in the game, and some other offensive pieces having a nice year. Andrelton Simmons is batting above .300 while Kole Calhoun is a solid offensive player. Albert Pujols is aging but can still be effective on occasion.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Thursday, August 10, 2017, 10:10 p.m. ET (Local TV)
James Paxton (Mariners) vs. Tyler Skaggs (Angels)
Paxton has a record of 12-3 this season and enters this contest on a serious hot streak as he attempts to get the Mariners off to a quick start. The 28-year-old has won his last seven straight, a franchise record, and has accumulated 132 strikeouts on the season. He has given up two runs or fewer in each of those seven outings and he has a 2.70 ERA on the year.
The Angels welcomed Skaggs back to the rotation last weekend, but his return to the mound after more than three months away was underwhelming as he allowed three runs on six hits in three innings in his team’s 5-0 loss to the A’s. There’s no doubt that the 26-year-old will be looking for a longer stay and a stronger performance against the Mariners to start this series.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Friday, August 11, 2017, 10:10 p.m. ET (Local TV)
Marco Gonzales (Mariners) vs. Ricky Nolasco (Angels)
Gonzales was acquired from the Cardinals because of all the pitching injuries but he struggled in his debut with the team, allowing five earned runs in four innings of work. Gonzales did strike out five batters over that span but has an ugly 11.25 ERA in a pair of starts this year.
Nolasco is 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA. The veteran right-hander used to be a solid starter but he has tailed off the last couple of years. He does have an encouraging strikeout-to-walk ratio and hopes to decrease the ERA with a solid outing.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, August 12, 2017, 9:10 p.m. ET (Local TV)
Erasmo Ramirez (Mariners) vs. JC Ramirez (Angels)
Erasmo Ramirez was also recently added via trade. He was in the Tampa Bay bullpen but is now starting for the Mariners. Ramirez is 4-4 on the season with a 5.10 ERA. He has given up seven earned runs in 8.1 innings over two starts since joining Seattle and must improve or he may not be a starter much longer.
J.C. Ramirez is 10-10 with a 4.21 ERA on the year. He was hit hard by the Orioles last time out but has been solid overall. The Angels are likely to get some runs in this one, so if Ramirez can just pitch decently it should give his team a shot at the victory.
Game 4 Probable Pitchers – Sunday, August 13, 2017, 4:10 p.m. ET (Local TV)
Ariel Miranda (Mariners) vs. Parker Bridwell (Angels)
Mirando has only allowed batters to hit .228 off him this season, but home runs have been a huge problem. When he keeps the ball in the park he does well, but there have been so many round-trippers that he enters this contest with a 7-5 record and a 4.65 ERA.
Bridwell has been a pleasant surprise for Los Angeles with a 6-1 record and a 3.00 ERA. He only gave up one earned run in seven innings last time out against the Orioles, and a similar outing would be a boon for the Angels.